Salmon On May 10, the House passed an amendment to the 2013 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that would prevent restoration of the San Joaquin River and its historic salmon runs. Specifically, the amendment, which was offered...continued→
Feature: Anti-Environmental Riders
A significant assault on health and environmental protection is underway in Congress. Lawmakers must pass 12 spending bills for fiscal 2012 to fund the government, and some House Republicans are seizing this opportunity to jam through unpopular anti-environmental policies that have nothing to do with spending. These anti-environmental provisions are called “riders” because they ride along on spending bills even though they do not cut federal spending one cent. They are bad policies pushed forward through a bad process.
Riders are an end-run around Congressional procedures; they are designed to limit scrutiny and to push through policies that would otherwise never make it into law. Riders generally are not subjected to hearings or full debates. And by adding riders, Republicans are trying to take the spending bill hostage. They are saying to the Senate, “Go along with these anti-environmental policies, or we’ll keep the government from getting funded.”
On the final spending bill for 2011, House Republican leaders and Tea Party legislators attached 19 riders to block protections for clean air, clean water, wilderness lands and wild life. Because of this broad assault on the environment, the House 2011 spending bill was branded “the worst environmental bill in history.” Thanks to resistance from Senate Democratic leaders and President Obama, most of those riders didn’t make it into law.
Now, Congress is starting to consider spending bills for 2012, and the Republicans in the House are at it again. This page will track what riders are being added, their impact on the public, and who’s responsible.
From NRDC President Frances Beinecke: The Choice Is Clear: Public Health vs. Polluters
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Posted June 22, 2012 by Scott Slesinger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy
As the House of Representatives continues its onslaught on our nation’s environmental standards, the House Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment passed a funding bill for the Departments of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies that would derail...continued→
The New York Times editorial page just asked the Obama Administration “Where Are the Clean Water Rules”? Kudos to the Gray Lady for calling attention to the critical need for improved national clean water policies, as my colleague Jon Devine has noted again...continued→
Last week, the House of Representatives voted against clean water by a vote of 152-267 (you can see how your Member of Congress voted here). Later today, another vote is scheduled, in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one that would...continued→
As I forecast yesterday, the House just voted on an amendment offered by Representatives Moran (D-VA) and Dingell (D-MI) to the spending bill that funds the Army Corps of Engineers, which would have enabled experts at the Corps to continue to work...continued→
TransCanada’s latest Keystone XL tar sands pipeline plan filed with the U.S. State Department has done nothing to quell local Nebraska opposition to the controversial project to pipe tar sands oil all the way to the Gulf for export. Nebraska residents say...continued→
The House is once again jeopardizing an important transportation bill by attaching non-related amendments, including a measure that would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that the President rejected in January. The bill is going into conference next week...continued→
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a deeply flawed bill that would use Congressional authority to permit TransCanada’s Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The bill, H.R. 3548, would force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to grant a permit for Keystone...continued→
Red Flags! Keystone XL tar sands pipeline bill would force approval while neglecting to protect our rivers and farms
Yesterday, hundreds of “referees” gathered on Capitol Hill and blew the whistle on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Those referees were back in action this morning at the House energy subcommittee hearing on a proposal by Representative...continued→
State of the Union: Nebraska landowner response accuses Republicans of playing political football with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
In giving the official Republican response to tonight’s State of the Union address, Indiana Governor Daniels pushed a tar sands pipeline that would put our health and safety at risk to benefit the oil industry. Echoing the wildly exaggerated jobs...continued→