What: All Issues : Environment : (H.R. 1) On an amendment eliminating $8.5 million in funding for a program requiring companies that were major sources of carbon pollution (such as power plants) to report their greenhouse gas emissions. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 64)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment eliminating $8.5 million in funding for a program requiring companies that were major sources of carbon pollution (such as power plants) to report their greenhouse gas emissions. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 64     Feb 16, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Mike Pompeo (R-KS) eliminating $8.5 million in funding for a program (known as the Greenhouse Gas Registry) requiring companies that were major sources of carbon pollution (such as power plants) to report their greenhouse gas emissions. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.   

Pompeo urged support for his amendment: “ My amendment takes on only one very costly piece of the EPA's [Environmental Protection Agency] effort to destroy jobs, the Greenhouse Gas Registry. I'm not against bridal registries or even the registration of property deeds, but forcing businesses to comply with these unnecessary and burdensome regulations will destroy jobs in Kansas and all across America. This registry drives up the cost of doing business all with the asserted mission of satisfying the left's obsession with regulating every nook and cranny of our existence.”

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) opposed the amendment: “It [Pompeo’s amendment] says that we should not even bother to find out how much pollution is being put into our air. I guess you could call it the `ignorance is bliss' amendment. The Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program simply requires the largest sources of carbon pollution--power plants, refineries, and the very largest factories--to tell EPA and the public how much they pollute. If we are ever going to deal responsibly with this pollution, we need to know where it is coming from and have some idea of how much is being emitted. This amendment is yet one more example of putting profits and pollution ahead of people and public health.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 239-185. Voting “yea” were 228 Republicans and 11 Democrats. 176 Democrats and 9 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment eliminating $8.5 million in funding for a program requiring companies that were major sources of carbon to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

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