What: All Issues : Environment : Cleaning Up Contaminated "Brownfield" Sites : H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Increase Funding for Environmental Cleanup Activities. (2003 house Roll Call 454)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2861. Fiscal 2004 VA-HUD Appropriations/Vote to Increase Funding for Environmental Cleanup Activities.
house Roll Call 454     Jul 25, 2003
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Environmental cleanup is coordinated on the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using money generated from Superfund (a public trust fund that generates revenue based on the "polluter pays" principle in addition to its congressional funding allocations). Since President Bush took office in January 2001, however, the number of Superfund cleanup efforts has steadily declined. In an effort to spur a more concerted effort by the EPA to advance environmental cleanup activities, Congressman Markey (D-MA) proposed an amendment to the 2004 VA-HUD appropriations bill-a spending bill which includes funding for the EPA-which would have increased the Superfund budget by $115 million. Progressives voted in favor of Markey's amendment because, in their view, the EPA under the Bush Administration has abdicated its responsibility to restore the nation's most environmentally-damaged areas to their original form; the additional money in Markey's proposal, they argued, would allow the EPA to initiate environmental cleanup efforts at more Superfund sites. The additional funding for Superfund included in Markey's amendment, however, would have been paid for by an equal reduction in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) budget. Democrats were split almost evenly on the Markey amendment because many Democratic lawmakers did not want to reduce NASA's budget; doing so, they argued, would seriously hamper NASA's operations. Republicans voted overwhelmingly against Markey's proposal and, with Democrats almost equally divided on the issue, the measure was defeated on a 114-309 vote.

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