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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."
Approval Of The Keystone Xl Pipeline November 14, 2014
Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
"Despite some recent gains, our economic recovery is not yet reaching all of our constituents. I agree with supporters of this bill from both sides of the aisle that we must not delay consideration of legislation putting our constituents back to work. House leadership should allow us to vote on and pass a long-term transportation bill, for example. The proposal before us will result in short term job gains in some areas, but the tradeoff is a continued reliance on an outdated, dirty energy source."
American Energy Solutions For Lower Costs And More American Jobs Act September 18, 2014
Henry Waxman, D-CA
"Mr. Speaker, as I understand what the gentlelady has said is that, if we had passed a transportation bill, that would have provided help for our infrastructure and provided jobs. We didn’t vote for that bill even once."
The Continuing Resolution September 16, 2014
Suzanne Bonamici, D-OR
"And let’s not forget how many people could get back to work if we would set aside our differences and pass a long-term transportation bill and a comprehensive overhaul of our Tax Code. Enough of these policies that incentivize businesses to go overseas; we need policies that keep them bringing jobs back home."
Senate Transportation Bill July 29, 2014
Earl Blumenauer, D-OR
"I will fight for this Congress to get on with its job now. If it means we have to work in October instead of campaigning, so be it. If it means we have to come back after the election and work into the holidays, we should do so. Congress should not recess for vacation, for campaigning, or adjourn for the year unless it has met its responsibilities for a long overdue, 6-year, robust transportation bill provided with enough sustainable, dedicated funding to stop this chronic uncertainty."

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