Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2018, legislation to exclude corporate polluters from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency. Before the vote on the main bill was taken, Jared Polis offered an amendment that, if passed, would have ensured that corporations found to have a history of significant non-compliance with anti-pollution regulations would still be subject to EPA regulation.
The Polis amendment failed, by a vote of 191 in favor and 231 opposed. Most of the U.S. Representatives that voted against the amendment were Republican, but 12 Democrats helped them do the dirty deed. They were: Jason Altmire, Dan Boren, Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, Mark Critz, Tim Holden, Jim Matheson, Carolyn McCarthy, Collin Peterson, Nick Rahall, Mike Ross, Kurt Schrader.
These Democrats voted to help the worst corporate polluters in the United States to avoid water pollution controls. They have earned the opposition, not just of environmentalists, but of all Americans who expect that the water they drink and wash in will be clean and safe.