What: All Issues : Environment : (H.R. 1) On an amendment prohibiting federal funds from being used to enforce any regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions. (2011 house Roll Call 96)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment prohibiting federal funds from being used to enforce any regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions.
house Roll Call 96     Feb 18, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
No

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) prohibiting federal funds from being used to enforce any regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions. This amendment was offered to a continuing resolution funding the federal government through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Poe urged support for his amendment: “This amendment will put an end to any backdoor attempt made by the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] to regulate greenhouse gases to go around Congress and circumvent the will of the people. Americans have rejected this policy. Despite being rejected by Congress, the administration has ignored the will of the people and the law to further some political agenda. It's absolutely necessary that Congress take immediate action to ensure that the EPA does not continue to destroy industry across the board in our country. We're in the midst of a massive economic downturn, and the last thing we need to do is to shoot ourselves in the foot with unnecessary, expensive new regulations that are on business and industry, not to mention Americans will be left holding the bag.”

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) opposed the amendment: “Republicans and Democrats both believe we have a legal obligation to protect our kids from asthma. It's that simple. And Republicans and Democrats share one common precept. We both like to breathe. And that breathing is now in question for our kids. It's incredible to me to think the Republicans are going to leave our kids breathless on occasion. That is breathless in itself…. this really is an attack on science, because the science is very clear on this….The science shows this [greenhouse gas emission] is a problem. And we ought to embrace science as Republicans and Democrats instead of listening to the polluting industries, which want to give license to put untold, indefinite, infinite amounts of these carcinogens into our atmosphere. That is just plumb wrong.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 249-177. Voting “yea” were 236 Republicans and 13 Democrats. 175 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment prohibiting funds provided by a continuing resolution from being used to enforce any regulations relating to greenhouse gas emissions.

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