2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Tim Griffin (R-AR) sponsored H.R. 4078, the so-called Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, a radical package of bills that would halt all significant new public safeguards, including for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. This legislation would halt all significant regulations as long as unemployment remains above 6%, which will be several years according to the Congressional Budget Office. This would mean even standards supported by industry would be stopped, such as new fuel efficiency standards and food safety standards to prevent the next food-borne contamination crisis. The bill would also freeze all regulations once a new president is elected, even if these standards have been in the works for years. It would also severely undermine the National Environmental Policy Act, which simply requires that federal agencies assess proposals' environmental impacts, solicit the input of all affected stakeholders, and disclose their findings publicly before undertaking projects that may significantly affect the environment. On July 26, the House approved H.R. 4078 by a vote of 245-172 (House roll call vote 536). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.