2022 Scorecard Vote
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sponsored an amendment to H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, that would strike the Superfund tax included in the bill and replace it with a one-year extension of the 2019 State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction limitation. Reinstating the Superfund tax on polluters, which previously expired in 1995, will help the Environmental Protection Agency better fund and accelerate the cleanup of Superfund sites across the country. Superfund sites are primarily former industrial sites awaiting remediation that are the most heavily contaminated and likely to threaten public health and are disproportionately located near communities of color and communities with low wealth. Since the modest Superfund tax on polluters expired and the trust funded by the tax dried up, so too did the funding for and pace of these critical cleanups. On August 7, the Senate rejected the Graham amendment by a vote of 50-50 (Senate roll call vote 289). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.