These giveaways of our commonwealth to campaign donors have all passed the Republican House. All are currently stalled in the Democratic Senate. For a chuckle, check out the names of the bills, versus what they do.
The US Senate majority is widely considered up for grabs in 2014. If you are a voter with a US Senator on the ballot, please consider the following.
If you are a US Senator, or candidate for the US Senate, give us a reason for hope: speak out immediately and forcefully. Commit in no uncertain terms to vote against all eight bills.
Summarized from “House of Misrepresentatives – What would happen to the West’s environment if the House of Representatives had its way.”
High Country News, ed 46.18
Krista Langlois Oct 27, 2014
1) LOWERING GASOLINE PRICES TO FUEL AN AMERICA THAT WORKS ACT – H.R. 4899. Introduced by Doc Hastings, R-Wash., passed June 26, 2014.
Open the Arctic to mandatory annual petroleum leasing and nullify the historic 2013 decision to set aside key parts of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for migratory shorebirds, polar bears and other wildlife.
2) THE WATER RIGHTS PROTECTION ACT – H.R. 3189. Introduced by Scott Tipton, R-Colo., passed March 13, 2014.
Potentially undermine Endangered Species Act protections by stripping federal agencies of their power to maintain minimum streamflows for fish and wildlife.
3) RESTORING HEALTHY FORESTS FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES ACT – H.R. 1526. Introduced by Doc Hastings, R-Wash., passed Sept. 20, 2013.
Require the Forest Service to designate “revenue areas” in each national forest, and log at least half of each area, absent of public input or environmental review. In Montana, for example, more than 14 million acres of forests, including Wilderness Study Areas and roadless areas, could be opened to new logging projects.
4) RESPONSIBLY AND PROFESSIONALLY INVIGORATING DEVELOPMENT ACT – H.R. 2641. Introduced by Tom Marino, R-Pa., passed March 6, 2014.
Fast-track National Environmental Policy Act requirements, and limit environmental lawsuits on new development.
5) ENSURING PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN THE CREATION OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS ACT
H.R. 1459. Introduced by Rob Bishop, R-Utah, passed March 26, 2014.
Highly restrict the president’s authority to designate national monuments — a right, originally granted in 1906, that’s helped permanently protect millions of acres of public land.
6) WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES REGULATORY OVERREACH PROTECTION ACT – H.R. 5078. Introduced by Steve Southerland, R-Fla., passed Sept. 9, 2014.
Revoke Clean Water Act clarifications passed earlier this year to protect tributaries and ephemeral rivers from industrial and agricultural pollution.
7) ELECTRICITY SECURITY AND AFFORDABILITY ACT – H.R. 3826. Introduced by Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., Passed March 6, 2014.
Roll back long-awaited EPA regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-burning power plants.
8) REDUCING REGULATORY BURDENS ACT – H.R. 935. Introduced by Bob Gibbs, R-Ohio, passed July 31, 2014.
Allow farms to discharge regulated pesticides into navigable waterways without a permit.