2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) offered an amendment to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which would repeal the clean water safeguards established by the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This rule protects the waterways that feed into the drinking water of over 117 million people as well as the streams, headwaters, wetlands and other water bodies that serve as habitat for wildlife, reduce flooding risk, and naturally filter pollution. The Banks amendment would subvert the rulemaking process by disregarding public input, ignore the rule’s strong scientific foundation, and return Clean Water Act jurisdiction to an inconsistent and uncertain regulatory scheme. Eliminating the Clean Water Rule would disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color and would jeopardize the clean water families, communities, and economies depend on. On May 18, the House approved the Banks amendment by a vote of 238-173 (House roll call vote 203). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 2, including the Banks amendment, on June 21. The H.R. 2 conference report did not include this harmful language. The president signed the H.R. 2 conference report into law on December 20.