2020 Scorecard Vote
Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) sponsored H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019, which would take important steps in addressing the growing national PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) crisis that is threatening the health of millions of people across the country. Also called “forever chemicals” in recognition of their persistence in the environment and our bodies, PFAS are used in many consumer products and industrial applications but have been linked to numerous health problems like certain cancers, thyroid disease, neurological development issues, and more. H.R. 535 would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set a drinking water standard for PFAS within two years, regulate certain PFAS through the Clean Air Act, require drinking water monitoring for PFAS, increase transparency through the Toxics Release Inventory, and provide funding for water treatment. Additionally, it would provide consumers with knowledge of products containing PFAS by adding PFAS to the EPA’s Safer Choice Program. On January 10, the House approved H.R. 535 by a vote of 247-159 (House roll call vote 13). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.