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Entry Title Date
Unanimous Consent Request—H.R. 2126 December 15, 2014
Rob Portman, R-OH
"We have had hearings on this, had testimony on this. We know this is an area where we can have a lot of savings. This would require the Federal Government, again, to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget, with the Department of Energy, with EPA, to develop an implementation strategy that includes best practices, measurements, verification techniques for the maintenance of IT, the purchase of IT, the use of energy-efficient information technology."
California Abortion Mandate December 2, 2014
Joe Pitts, R-PA
"Mr. Speaker, we have seen this administration casually ignore the law when it comes to immigration, EPA regs, and ObamaCare. Now, we are going to see whether they ignore the law when it comes to forcing churches in California to pay for abortion."
Nomination Of Robert S. Adler To Be A Commissioner Of The Consumer Product Safety Commission—Continued December 2, 2014
John Barrasso, R-WY
"Politico ran an article on it later that day. The headline was: “The most expensive regulation ever. Obama rolls out a major EPA rule.”"
Secret Science Reform Act Of 2014 November 19, 2014
Bill Johnson, R-OH
"This much-needed legislation will finally start to shed light for the American people on the underlying science that the EPA uses to justify their new rules and regulations. Not only would the EPA have to share the evidence they are using or the science they are using on the rules, but they would have to specify the need for the rule. But most importantly, the results of the EPA‘s analysis would have to provide enough information so that the public can independently reproduce the results so that we can check the EPA‘s work."
H.R. 4012 And H.R. 1422 November 19, 2014
Gerald Connolly, D-VA
"Mr. Speaker, one of the last actions this chamber took before recessing for the Elections wasn’t to act on Comprehensive Immigration Reform or pass a funding measure to avoid another Republican Government Shutdown. We didn’t exercise Congress’s constitutional role in debating issues of war and peace and take up an Authorization for Use of Military Force in response to the threat of ISIS. And we didn’t address our nation’s crumbling infrastructure by passing a long-term transportation bill. Sadly, just as they did then, the most anti-environmental House majority is once again engaging in science suppression and denial simply because they disagree with the findings and the responsible actions taken based on those findings to protect public health and preserve the environment. H.R. 4012, for example, is an attempt to tie the EPA‘s hands by restricting the information it can use in drafting safeguards. If passed, this bill would exclude a host of important data, including university research that is protected by privacy and confidentiality laws, as well as proprietary business information. Not to be outdone, H.R. 1422 would weaken the EPA‘s advisory process and make it easier for special interests to be appointed to and influence the Science Advisory Board. Do we really want to have the impartial analysis of our nation’s leading experts replaced by big corporate interests? What could go wrong with that? Unfortunately, the public has grown accustomed to the House majority’s repeated efforts to gut important environmental safeguards that protect public health. All told, my friends on the other side of the aisle have voted more than 200 times to block action to address climate change, to halt efforts to reduce air and water pollution, and to undermine protections for public lands, coastal areas, and the environment. The bills before us this week are more of the same. This know-nothing approach fails the public we are sworn to protect and serve. As elected officials, we have to recognize the valuable role science must play in making good public policy. Not anecdotes … not false narratives … science. I urge my colleagues to reject these bills, abandon this war on science, so that we can turn our attention to the pressing issues our country demands we address."

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