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Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted Against Protecting Coastal States From Oil Spills?

H.R 2231, a bill that would create an extreme expansion of offshore drilling along the coasts of the United States, is rapidly moving toward passage in the House of Representatives. Yesterday, the House voted on several proposed amendments to the bill. A full and final vote may come today.

One of the amendments proposed yesterday came from Alcee Hastings, a Democrat from Florida, one of the states imperiled by the oil spill caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig. Hastings cited that environmental disaster as he argued in favor of his amendment, asking:

“Have we already forgotten the consequences of lax regulation? I know the gulf coast hasn’t. For many Americans, the image of more than 200 million gallons of oil spilling into the gulf, an area of oil spill and oil slick that if superimposed in this region would have gone from my district in northern Virginia all the way to New York City. It threatened America’s largest fishery, jeopardizing tourism, wreaking havoc with the region’s entire economy.

sepia congressSadly, the magnitude of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill might have been mitigated had BP and Transocean simply been required to do what this amendment requires – to comply with the basic environmental standards established to prevent such disasters from happening in the first place. Yet here we are 3 years later, and this Congress still has not taken a single action to improve drilling safety because the House majority has blocked every attempt. Now they want to make matters worse by gutting NEPA protections…

Considering that all other major projects, even transit projects, with clear environmental benefits must undergo an Environmental Impact Statement, it is absurd to exclude from analysis activities that have the potential to destroy entire economies and ecosystems. For example, why is it that northern Virginia’s Rail to Dulles project, a public project I oversaw, had to go through an extensive full 2-year environmental review, yet a privately-owned oil rig in the gulf was exempted from that same process? It makes no sense.

The BP spill was preventable, Mr. Chairman. Unfortunately, gulf coast residents will pay that price for that poor decision to waive an environmental review for decades to come as we continue to clean up the worst environmental disaster in our Nation’s history.”

The Hastings amendment would have restored the integrity of environmental impact assessments to their current levels. H.R. 2331 would restrict the scope of those assessments, in the interest of rushing approval of new offshore drilling operations – even those in dangerous deepwater conditions such as those that caused the BP rig to explode and sink in the Gulf of Mexico.

233 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to ignore the lessons of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling disaster. All but 9 of them were Republicans They voted against the Hastings amendment. Their names are listed below.

(Let’s take a minute to note a few exceptions to the partisan rule on this vote. There were three Republicans who voted in favor of the Hastings amendment to protect coastal states from risky offshore drilling: Mike Fitzpatrick, Walter Jones, and Dave Reichert. There were also nine Democrats who voted against sensible environmental safeguards on offshore drilling, voting against the Hastings amendment: John Barrow, Jim Costa, Henry Cuellar, Pete Gallego, Gene Green, Jim Matheson, Bill Owens, Collin Peterson, and Filemon Vela)

Rep. Robert Aderholt
Rep. Rodney Alexander
Rep. Justin Amash
Rep. Mark Amodei
Rep. Michele Bachmann
Rep. Spencer Bachus
Rep. Lou Barletta
Rep. Garland Barr
Rep. John Barrow
Rep. Joe Barton
Rep. Dan Benishek
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
Rep. Gus Bilirakis
Rep. Diane Black
Rep. Marsha Blackburn
Rep. Jo Bonner
Rep. Charles Boustany
Rep. Kevin Brady
Rep. Jim Bridenstine
Rep. Mo Brooks
Rep. Susan Brooks
Rep. Paul Broun
Rep. Vern Buchanan
Rep. Larry Bucshon
Rep. Michael Burgess
Rep. Ken Calvert
Rep. Dave Camp
Rep. Eric Cantor
Rep. Shelley Capito
Rep. John Carter
Rep. Bill Cassidy
Rep. Steve Chabot
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
Rep. Howard Coble
Rep. Mike Coffman
Rep. Tom Cole
Rep. Doug Collins
Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. K. Conaway
Rep. Paul Cook
Rep. Jim Costa
Rep. Tom Cotton
Rep. Kevin Cramer
Rep. Eric Crawford
Rep. Ander Crenshaw
Rep. Henry Cuellar
Rep. John Culberson
Rep. Steve Daines
Rep. Rodney Davis
Rep. Jeff Denham
Rep. Charles Dent
Rep. Ron DeSantis
Rep. Scott DesJarlais
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Sean Duffy
Rep. Jeff Duncan
Rep. John Duncan
Rep. Renee Ellmers
Rep. Blake Farenthold
Rep. Charles Fleischmann
Rep. John Fleming
Rep. Bill Flores
Rep. J. Forbes
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
Rep. Virginia Foxx
Rep. Trent Franks
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen
Rep. Pete Gallego
Rep. Cory Gardner
Rep. Scott Garrett
Rep. Jim Gerlach
Rep. Bob Gibbs
Rep. Christopher Gibson
Rep. Phil Gingrey
Rep. Louie Gohmert
Rep. Bob Goodlatte
Rep. Paul Gosar
Rep. Trey Gowdy
Rep. Kay Granger
Rep. Tom Graves
Rep. Sam Graves
Rep. Gene Green
Rep. Tim Griffin
Rep. H. Griffith
Rep. Michael Grimm
Rep. Brett Guthrie
Rep. Ralph Hall
Rep. Richard Hanna
Rep. Gregg Harper
Rep. Andy Harris
Rep. Vicky Hartzler
Rep. Doc Hastings
Rep. Joseph Heck
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Rep. George Holding
Rep. Richard Hudson
Rep. Tim Huelskamp
Rep. Bill Huizenga
Rep. Randy Hultgren
Rep. Duncan Hunter
Rep. Robert Hurt
Rep. Darrell Issa
Rep. Lynn Jenkins
Rep. Bill Johnson
Rep. Sam Johnson
Rep. Jim Jordan
Rep. David Joyce
Rep. Mike Kelly
Rep. Steve King
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Jack Kingston
Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Rep. John Kline
Rep. Raúl Labrador
Rep. Doug LaMalfa
Rep. Doug Lamborn
Rep. Leonard Lance
Rep. James Lankford
Rep. Tom Latham
Rep. Robert Latta
Rep. Frank LoBiondo
Rep. Billy Long
Rep. Frank Lucas
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Rep. Kenny Marchant
Rep. Tom Marino
Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Jim Matheson
Rep. Kevin McCarthy
Rep. Michael McCaul
Rep. Tom McClintock
Rep. Patrick McHenry
Rep. Howard McKeon
Rep. David McKinley
Rep. Mark Meadows
Rep. Patrick Meehan
Rep. Luke Messer
Rep. John Mica
Rep. Jeff Miller
Rep. Candice Miller
Rep. Gary Miller
Rep. Markwayne Mullin
Rep. Mick Mulvaney
Rep. Tim Murphy
Rep. Randy Neugebauer
Rep. Kristi Noem
Rep. Richard Nugent
Rep. Alan Nunnelee
Rep. Pete Olson
Rep. William Owens
Rep. Steven Palazzo
Rep. Erik Paulsen
Rep. Stevan Pearce
Rep. Scott Perry
Rep. Collin Peterson
Rep. Thomas Petri
Rep. Robert Pittenger
Rep. Joseph Pitts
Rep. Ted Poe
Rep. Mike Pompeo
Rep. Bill Posey
Rep. Tom Price
Rep. Trey Radel
Rep. Tom Reed
Rep. James Renacci
Rep. Reid Ribble
Rep. Tom Rice
Rep. E. Rigell
Rep. Martha Roby
Rep. David Roe
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Harold Rogers
Rep. Mike Rogers
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
Rep. Todd Rokita
Rep. Thomas Rooney
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Rep. Peter Roskam
Rep. Dennis Ross
Rep. Keith Rothfus
Rep. Edward Royce
Rep. Jon Runyan
Rep. Paul Ryan
Rep. Matt Salmon
Rep. Steve Scalise
Rep. Aaron Schock
Rep. David Schweikert
Rep. Austin Scott
Rep. F. Sensenbrenner
Rep. Pete Sessions
Rep. John Shimkus
Rep. Bill Shuster
Rep. Michael Simpson
Rep. Adrian Smith
Rep. Christopher Smith
Rep. Lamar Smith
Rep. Steve Southerland
Rep. Chris Stewart
Rep. Steve Stivers
Rep. Steve Stockman
Rep. Marlin Stutzman
Rep. Lee Terry
Rep. Glenn Thompson
Rep. Mac Thornberry
Rep. Patrick Tiberi
Rep. Scott Tipton
Rep. Michael Turner
Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. David Valadao
Rep. Filemon Vela
Rep. Ann Wagner
Rep. Tim Walberg
Rep. Greg Walden
Rep. Jackie Walorski
Rep. Randy Weber
Rep. Daniel Webster
Rep. Brad Wenstrup
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland
Rep. Ed Whitfield
Rep. Roger Williams
Rep. Joe Wilson
Rep. Robert Wittman
Rep. Frank Wolf
Rep. Steve Womack
Rep. Rob Woodall
Rep. Kevin Yoder
Rep. Ted Yoho
Rep. Don Young
Rep. Todd Young

1 comment to Roll Call: Who In Congress Voted Against Protecting Coastal States From Oil Spills?

  • Mark

    While he did vote against moratoria covering several coastal regions, SC District 1 Congressman, Republican Mark Sanford, voted AGAINST HR 2231 on the final role call. Our district is along the coast and includes Charleston and Beaufort. We have a thriving tourist industry which would be devastated by an oil spill. I was glad to see that Mark understands this. Unfortunately, District 7 congressman, Republican Tom Rice, whose district includes Myrtle Beach, doesn’t get it.

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