1980 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 7631. HUD-Independent Agencies Appropriations. The vote is on the Dannemeyer amendment to cut $542,000 from the funds for the National Commission on Air Quality. The Commission was set up in 1977 to make an independent analysis of air pollution regulations and alternative strategies for achieving the goals of the Clean Air Act. Environmentalists hoped that its board, headed by Senator Hart, would be sympathetic to keeping strong clean air controls, and it had the professional staff to provide a credible voice to counter industry complaints that the law cost more than it was worth. This cut in funding was supported by industries seeking to weaken the Act, and would have made it difficult for the Commission to complete some of its studies. Some environmentalists speculate that with more time and money the Commission would have made better recommendations than it did. We did not agree with all its recommendations, but did support the effort to get and analyze the facts on clean air. Rejected 176-184. July 25, 1980. NO is the correct vote.