On the Record
Voted for the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which would jeopardize the health of people in the United States by undermining the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)’s recently-updated standards for ozone pollution, also known as smog. This legislation would delay the implementation of these vital health protections by at least ten years and double the Clean Air Act’s current five-year review periods for updating all national air quality standards, thereby allowing unhealthy air to persist even longer. H.R. 4775 would also eviscerate a central pillar of the Clean Air Act that requires the EPA to rely solely on the best-available health science when setting air quality standards, forcing the agency to consider factors unrelated to health, like technical feasibility, in the initial standard setting process.
Voted against an amendment to H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016, which would close loopholes in the Clean Air Act that allow the oil and gas industry to release dangerous amounts of air pollution. Other industries are required to limit their releases of toxic air pollutants like volatile organic compounds and smog-inducing nitrogen oxides, but oil and gas companies lobbied for and won an exemption that allows them to continue endangering public health. The amendment also adds hydrogen sulfide, a harmful, potentially fatal pollutant mainly released during oil and gas extraction, to the Clean Air Act’s list of hazardous pollutants.
Voted against an amendment to H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, which would require Congress to accept the scientific findings that man-made carbon pollution contributes to climate change and that climate change has a wide range of negative effects. 2014 was the hottest year on record and communities across the U.S. are already feeling the impacts of climate change, ranging from costly droughts to deadly forest fires to more severe storms.