1984 Scorecard Vote

Superfund -- Federal Court Damages Suit
House Roll Call Vote 822
Issue: Toxics/Public Right to Know

As noted in vote #2, it is often difficult if not impossible for victims of toxic wastes to recover damages from those responsible. Often several companies share the same dump, or one company pays another to dispose of its wastes. Although victims can sue in state courts, many states have legal rules making it very hard to prove who is legally liable for damages. Moreover, some states require that any suit for damages be brought within three years of the injury, although medical problems associated with toxic chemicals often take many years to become serious.

The House Superfund Extension bill therefore created a new right for toxic waste victims to sue in federal court, where the rules are more sympathetic to the victim. This vote is on the Sawyer amendment to remove that new provision. Sawyer amendment adopted 208-200; August 9, 1984. NO is the pro-environmental vote. (Sawyer amendment to Superfund Extension bill, H.R. 5640.) The Reagan Administration supported the amendment. The bill passed the House but died in the Senate.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 208  
Votes Against: 200  
Not Voting: 25  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
Representative Party District Vote
Bevill, TomDAL-04 
Young, DonRAK-AL 
McCain, JohnRAZ-01 
Stark, PeteDCA-09 
Lantos, TomDCA-11 
Lewis, JerryRCA-35 
Lungren, DanRCA-42 
Packard, RonRCA-43 
Bates, JimDCA-44 
Carper, TomDDE-AL 
Fuqua, DonDFL-02 
Nelson, BillDFL-11 
Mack, ConnieRFL-13 
Shaw, ClayRFL-15 
Savage, GusDIL-02 
Hyde, HenryRIL-06 
Durbin, DickDIL-20 
Coats, DanRIN-04 
Harkin, TomDIA-05 
Roberts, PatRKS-01 
Markey, EdDMA-07 
Lott, TrentRMS-05 
Skelton, IkeDMO-04 
Taylor, GeneRMO-07 
Reid, HarryDNV-01 
McEwen, BobROH-06 
Watkins, WesROK-03 
AuCoin, LesDOR-01 
Wyden, RonDOR-03 
Yatron, GusDPA-06 
Cooper, JimDTN-04 
Jones, EdDTN-08 
Hall, RalphRTX-04 
Gramm, PhilRTX-06 
Archer, BillRTX-07 
Paul, RonRTX-22 
Bliley, TomRVA-03 
Wolf, FrankRVA-10 
Foley, TomDWA-05 
Dicks, NormDWA-06 
Rahall, NickDWV-04 
Moody, JimDWI-05 
Petri, TomRWI-06