2012 Scorecard Vote
House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) offered an amendment to H.R. 3409, the so-called Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012, which would remove language from the bill repealing the scientific finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that greenhouse gases endanger human health and the environment. EPA scientists have extensively documented that carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases threaten public health by causing more heat waves and intense smog, spreading infectious diseases, and bringing about stronger storms, floods, and hurricanes. Without the Waxman amendment, H.R. 3409 would permanently block the EPA from reducing these dangerous greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. On September 21, the House rejected the Waxman amendment by a vote of 178-229 (House roll call vote 593). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 3409 subsequently passed the House, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.