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13-H0935 on Mar 4, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Sensible Environmental Protection Act
Source: S.802 / H.R.935
Congressional Summary:Amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to prohibit the EPA or a state from requiring a permit for a discharge into navigable waters of a pesticide authorized under FIFRA. Excepts stormwater discharges and discharges of manufacturing or industrial effluent.

Proponent's argument for bill:(Blue Ridge Times-News, April 2013): Sen. Kay Hagan announced a bill to eliminate a "redundant and burdensome" requirement that 365,000 pesticide users get a CWA permit before spraying in or near lakes and streams. Farmers and other chemical users already have to meet stringent requirements for pesticide application under FIFRA, Hagan said, and the CWA permit only adds a duplicative, unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. Hagan said the "overlapping regulations" have also forced some municipalities to cut down on spraying for mosquitoes "because they don't have the manpower (to deal with the extra red tape), and they fear lawsuits."

Opponent's argument against bill: (Oregon Sierra Club newsletter Dec. 2012): Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" turned 50 this fall: it catalyzed the environmental movement [by focusing on pesticides like DDT]. Today we still face the issues she outlined in Silent Spring. Pesticide law and regulation in the US is a case study in corporate capture: beholden to the farm lobby in Congress, all the way back to the 1947 formation of FIFRA.

FACT: From 1988 to 1995, more than 65 bills were introduced in Congress to tighten pesticide regulations. None of them passed.

FACT: In the late 1990s, two separate investigations revealed that more than half of all former top-level pesticide regulators at the EPA subsequently went to work for, or were paid by, pesticide and chemical industry interests actively involved in fighting EPA efforts to protect the public from pesticides.

Also see the related Senate bill S.802

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: No permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: No permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-H0935

Sanford Bishop s1oGeorgia DemocratApr 10, 2013
Jim Costa s1oCalifornia DemocratMay 8, 2013
Bill Enyart s1oIllinois DemocratApr 10, 2013
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014)Mar 4, 2013
Collin Peterson s1oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/LaborApr 10, 2013
Kurt Schrader s1oOregon DemocratMar 4, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-H0935

Spencer Bachus s1oAlabama Republican (retiring 2014)May 8, 2013
Jo Bonner s1oAlabama Republican (Resigned 2013)Apr 10, 2013
Mike Conaway s1oTexas RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Rick Crawford s1oArkansas RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Rodney Davis s1oIllinois RepublicanMar 5, 2013
Jeff Denham s1oCalifornia RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Renee Ellmers s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Randy Forbes s1oVirginia RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Cory Gardner s1oCO Republican Senate challengerMay 8, 2013
Bob Gibbs s2pOhio RepublicanMar 4, 2013
Paul Gosar s1oArizona RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Brett Guthrie s1oKentucky RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Vicky Hartzler s1oMissouri RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Richard Hudson s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Tim Huelskamp s1oKansas RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Bill Huizenga s1oMichigan RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Randy Hultgren s1oIllinois RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Bill Johnson s1oOhio RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Walter Beaman Jones s1oNorth Carolina RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican ChallengerApr 10, 2013
Adam Kinzinger s1oIllinois RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Doug LaMalfa s1oCalifornia RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Frank Dean Lucas s1oOklahoma RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Cynthia Lummis s1oWyoming RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Tom Marino s1oPennsylvania RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Michael McCaul s1oTexas RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Alan Nunnelee s1oMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)Apr 10, 2013
Ted Poe s1oTexas RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Reid Ribble s1oWisconsin RepublicanMar 5, 2013
Michael Rogers s1oAlabama RepublicanMay 8, 2013
Todd Rokita s1oIndiana RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Austin Scott s1oGeorgia RepublicanMar 4, 2013
Mike Simpson s1oIdaho RepublicanMar 5, 2013
Adrian Smith s1oNebraska RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Steve Southerland s1oFlorida RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Steve Stockman s1oTexas Republican (Senate run 2014)Apr 10, 2013
Marlin Stutzman s1oIN Republican Senate candidateMay 8, 2013
Mac Thornberry s1oTexas RepublicanMay 8, 2013
David Valadao s1oCalifornia RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Greg Walden s1oOregon RepublicanApr 10, 2013
Kevin Yoder s1oKansas RepublicanApr 10, 2013

Independents participating in 13-H0935

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 41
Independents: 0

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