2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) offered an amendment to H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013, which would remove a dirty water policy rider from the bill that threatens waters Americans depend on for drinking, swimming, and fishing. The rider would bar the Army Corps of Engineers from restoring longstanding Clean Water Act protections to critical streams and wetlands across the nation. It would prohibit the Army Corps from limiting pollution in waterways that supply public drinking water for 117 million Americans and block the Army Corps' efforts to protect wetlands that are critical for flood protection. On June 1, the House rejected the Moran amendment by a vote of 152-237 (House roll call vote 308). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 5325 subsequently passed the House, but the Senate took no action on this legislation and thankfully the dirty water policy rider was not included in the spending measure maintaining current funding levels for the federal government through March 27, 2013, which President Obama signed into law on September 28.