2021 Scorecard Vote
Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) sponsored an amendment to S. Con. Res. 5, the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Resolution, which threatened to lock in place the Trump administration’s dangerous “Dirty Water Rule” and prohibit the EPA from crafting stronger regulations to protect critical waterways like our streams and wetlands. The Dirty Water Rule represented the most severe weakening of federal Clean Water Act protections in the law’s history, jeopardizing the waters our families and communities depend on. It is critical that the EPA is able to replace this disastrous law with protections that are grounded in science and protect public health and the environment. On February 5, the Senate approved the Capito amendment by a vote of 51-49 (Senate roll call vote 43). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Although it is a symbolic amendment, the Capito amendment was included in the final S. Con. Res. 5, which was approved by the House on February 5.