Skip to main content

Earlier today, the House voted to override the EPA's carbon pollution regulations.

On a deregulatory kick, the House then passed a second bill, the Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act (RAPID Act), which would establish hard (and arbitrarily chosen) deadlines on environmental reviews for construction projects. They presented this as "job creation" legislation when it is really just a way of undermining environmental regulations.

It passed 229 to 179.

12 Democrats voted for it:

John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Hank Johnson (GA-04) offered an amendment to ensure that nothing in the bill limits public comment or participation in a decision-making process.

It failed 192 to 217.

4 Republicans voted for it: Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Richard Hanna (NY-22), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), and Erik Paulsen (MN-03).

3 Democrats voted against it:  Jim Costa (CA-16), Bill Owens (NY-21), and Kurt Schrader (OR-05).

Jerry Nadler (NY-10) offered an amendment to exempt from the bill any construction site for a nuclear facility being built in areas that are designated as an earthquake fault zone.

It failed 187 to 220.

3 Republicans voted for it: Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Chris Gibson (NY-19), and Chris Smith (NJ-04).

5 Democrats voted against it:

John Barrow (GA-12)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
David Scott (GA-13)

Republican David McKinley (WV-01) offered an amendment to prohibit agencies from considering the social cost of carbon in project analyses.

It passed 222 to 188.

2 Republicans voted against it: Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Kenny Marchant (TX-24).

4 Democrats voted for it: Jim Matheson (UT-04), Mike McIntyre (NC-07), Collin Peterson (MN-07), and Nick Rahall (WV-03).

Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) offered an amendment to eliminate the provision of the bill that says that if an agency does not meet the established deadline outlined in the bill, the project will be approved.

It failed 180 to 228.

1 Republican voted for it: Chris Gibson (NY-19).

10 Democrats voted against it:

John Barrow (GA-12)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Jim Matheson (UT-04)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Peter Visclosky (IN-01)

The bill is not going to go anywhere. The Senate will not take it up. And the White House has already issued a veto threat:

"H.R. 2641 will increase litigation, regulatory delays, and potentially force agencies to approve a project if the review and analysis cannot be completed before the proposed arbitrary deadlines," it said.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site