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«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»

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 Voted against holding pipeline owners, not taxpayers, liable for cleanup costs associated with pipeline explosions  Voted against increasing funding for inland oil spill programs by more than $5 million  Voted against requiring inactive hazardous waste sites to follow groundwater monitoring standards  Voted for prohibiting EPA regulations that relied upon non-public scientific researching, limiting the agency’s ability to combat pollution and climate change  Voted for amendment prohibiting funding for Energy Department’s climate models program  Voted to undermine the Clean Water Act by limiting the EPA’s authority over streams, ponds, and small waterways that feed into larger ones In Congress, Hurd voted against holding pipeline owners liable for explosion cleanup costs, instead of taxpayers, and voted against increasing funding for inland oil spill cleanup. Hurd also voted against requiring inactive hazardous waste sites to follow EPA groundwater monitoring standards while voting to limit the EPA’s ability to combat pollution and climate change by prohibiting it from developing regulations that rely upon non-public research. Hurd also voted to prohibit funding for the Department of Energy’s climate models program and to undermine EPA enforcement of the Clean Water Act by forcing it and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule which would grant them authority over streams, ponds, and small waterways feeding into larger ones.

Voted Against Holding Pipeline Owners Liable For Explosions

Voted Against Motion To Require Pipeline Owners, Not Taxpayers, Are Liable For Any Cleanup Costs Associated With Pipeline Explosion. In January 2015, Hurd voted against a motion to recommit that would require that natural gas pipeline owners, not taxpayers, are liable for any damages, repair, and clean-up in the wake of a natural gas pipeline explosion. [HR 161, Vote #40, 1/21/15; Democratic Leader – Motions to Recommit, 1/21/15] Voted Against Amendment To Increase Funding For Inland Oil Spill Programs By More Than $5 Million Voted Against Amendment To Increase Funding For Inland Oil Spill Programs. In July 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to increase funding for inland oil spill programs. The Amendment would reduce funding for Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by $5,434,000 and to increase funding for Inland Oil Spill Programs by a similar amount. According to the amendment’s sponsor, Rep. Lois Capps, “When it comes to oil spills, the damage gets worse by the minute, so ensuring that spill response teams are properly trained and prepared to respond quickly is essential to minimizing the impacts. This is precisely why the EPA has jurisdiction over the inland oil spill program. … Despite its scope and importance, this program has been seriously underfunded for years, and H.R. 2822 only makes things worse by funding this program at nearly 25 percent less than the President Requested. My amendment would simply increase funding for this program by 5.4 million, to match the President’s requested amount of $23.4 million for fiscal year 2016.” The amendment failed, 184 to 243. [HR 2822, Vote #394, 7/08/15;

Bill Summary, Library of Congress, 7/08/15, House Congressional Record, Page H4741, 6/25/15] Voted Against Requiring Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites To Follow Groundwater Monitoring Standards Voted Against Requiring Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites To Follow Groundwater Monitoring Standards. In July 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that “would require all inactive surface impoundments to follow post-closure groundwater monitoring standards in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule.” The amendment failed, 177-245. [HR 1734, Vote #454, 3/25/15; CQ Floor Votes, 7/22/15] Voted For Prohibiting EPA Regulations That Relied Upon Non-Public Scientific Research, Limiting EPA’s Ability To Combat Pollution And Climate Change Voted For Prohibiting EPA Regulations That Relied Upon Non-Public Scientific Research. In March 2015, Hurd voted for a bill that “prohibits EPA from proposing, finalizing or disseminating a rule or other ‘covered action’ unless all scientific and technical information used to decide upon the rule is made available to the public so the research can be independently analyzed and reproduced.” The bill passed 241 to 175. [HR 1030, Vote #125, 3/18/15; CQ House Action Reports, 3/13/15] Would Limit EPA’s Ability To Write Regulations To Combat Pollution And Climate Change.

“Critics say the bill would severely handicap the EPA’s ability to write regulations necessary to fight pollution and climate change and protect the environment and human health, and would require the EPA to violate patient confidentiality. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has criticized the accusation from the GOP, saying transparency and sound science are among the agency’s priorities.” [The Hill, 2/27/15] Voted For Amendment Prohibiting Funding For Energy Department’s Climate Models Program Voted For Amendment Prohibiting Funding For Energy Department’s Climate Models Program.

In May 2015, Hurd voted for amendment prohibiting funding for the Energy Department’s climate models program. “The House has passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Paul A. Gosar, R-Arizona, to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. The amendment would bar funding for the Energy Department’s Climate Model Development and Validation program. Gosar said funding Energy’s ‘duplicative and wasteful’ climate modeling effort was not central to Energy’s mission and was redundant, given an abundance of other global climate models being adopted by other U.S. and foreign governments and private businesses.” The amendment passed, 224 to 184. [H.R. 2028, Vote #209, 5/01/15; Bangor Daily News, 5/08/15] CQ Roll Call: Program “Evaluates Predictive Models Of The Earth’s Climate.” “Nearly all Democrats united to vote against the $35.4 billion spending measure (HR 2028), which advanced by a vote of 240-177 after lawmakers debated amendments late into the night Thursday and early Friday.





… Lawmakers also approved an amendment 224-184 that would bar funding for a DOE program that evaluates predictive models of the Earth’s climate.” [CQ Roll Call, 5/01/15]

Voted For Undermining The Clean Water Act

Voted For Halting EPA’s Waters Of The United States Rulemaking Relating To Smaller Waterways That Feed Into Larger Ones. In May 2015, Hurd voted for the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act which “would require the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw its Waters of the United States rule. The rule would define the EPA’s oversight authority over streams, ponds and small waterways that feed into larger ones...” According to Rep. Donna Edwards, “H.R. 1732 would halt the current Clean Water rulemaking, and require the agencies to withdraw the proposed rule and restart the rulemaking process. This is after one million public comments, a 208 day comment period, and over 400 public hearings.” The bill passed 261 to 155. [HR 1732, Vote # 219, 5/12/15; The Hill, 4/29/15; Edwards Press Release, 4/29/15] Voted Against Amendment To Prohibit Issuing Final Clean Water Rules If They Violated Previous Court Decisions. In May 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act proposed by Rep. Donna Edwards. According to Edwards, “Under my amendment, the administration cannot expand the scope beyond those water bodies covered prior to the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in those two cases, and it cannot be inconsistent with Justices Scalia’s and Kennedy’s judicial opinions in Rapanos. In addition to that, they can’t increase the regulation of ditches.” The amendment failed 167 to 248. [HR 1732, Vote #217, 5/12/15; Edwards Press Release, 4/29/15] Voted For Amendment Prohibiting Funds Used To Regulate “Agricultural Activities” Identified As Exemptions Under Clean Water Act Voted For Amendment Prohibiting Funds Used To Regulate “Agricultural Activities” Identified As Exemptions Under Clean Water Act. In May 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment prohibiting the use of funds to regulate certain agricultural activities under the Clean Water Act. “LaMalfa, R-Calif., amendment that would prohibit funds made available under the act from being used to regulate agricultural activities identified as exemptions under certain sections of the Clean Water Act.” The amendment passed, 239 to174. [ H.R. 2028, Vote #212, 5/01/15; CQ Floor Votes, 5/01/15] Voted For Allowing The Speaker Of The House And Senate Majority Leader To Appoint Members To Committee Reviewing Energy Department Carbon Capture Research Program Voted For Allowing The Speaker Of The House And Senate Majority Leader To Appoint Members To Committee Reviewing Energy Department Carbon Capture Research Program. In May 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment that would allow the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the Senate to appoint members to the STEM Education Advisory Panel and a second advisory committee that would oversee the Energy Department’s carbon capture and sequestration research program. The amendment passed 234 to 183. [HR 1806, H.Amdt. 248, Vote #253, 5/20/15; CQ Floor Votes, 5/20/15] Voted Against An Amendment To Maintain Endangered Species Protections For Gray Wolves, Sage-Grouse, And Long-Eared Bats Voted Against An Amendment To Maintain Endangered Species Protections For Gray Wolves, Sage-Grouse, And Long-Eared Bats. In July 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment to maintain endangered species protections for gray wolves, sage-grouse, and long-eared bats. The “House Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 2822) which, as usual, contained numerous anti-ESA riders. One would strip gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes of ESA protections. One would eliminate tools that have been developed by industry and federal and state governments to protect the greater sage grouse and limit our options to properly manage this species and its habitat. One would increase the threats to the threatened northern long-eared bat.” The amendment failed 243 to 186. [HR 2822, H.AMDT.582, Vote #404, 7/08/15; Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports, 7/08/15; NRDC June & July 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act, 8/03/15] Voted Against Voted Against An Amendment That Sought To Disrupt The Ivory Market And Prevent Killing Of Elephants For Their Ivory Voted Against Voted Against An Amendment That Sought To Disrupt The Ivory Market And Prevent Killing Of Elephants For Their Ivory. In July 2015, Hurd voted against an amendment that would have sought to disrupt the ivory market and prevent killing of elephants for their ivory. The amendment “would block implementation of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rules and policies necessary to disrupt ivory markets and ensure that U.S. citizens do not contribute to the ongoing slaughter of African elephants.” The amendment failed 244 to 183. [HR 2822, H.AMDT.584, Vote #405, 7/08/15;

Congressional Quarterly’s House Action Reports, 7/08/15; NRDC June & July 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act, 8/03/15] Voted For Amendment Cutting Funds By One Percent Across-The-Board For The Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act Of 2016 Voted For Amendment Cutting Funds By One Percent Across-The-Board For The Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act Of 2016. In July 2015, Hurd voted for the Blackburn amendment cutting funds from the Department Of The Interior, Environment, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act Of 2016 by one percent across-the-board. The amendment failed, 168 to 258. [HR 2822, Amendment #59, Vote #407, 7/07/15] Voted For Amendment Prohibiting President From Creating National Monuments Against Local Objection In States, Including Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah And Nevada Voted For Amendment Prohibiting President From Creating National Monuments Against Local Objection In States, Including Oregon, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah And Nevada. In July 2015, Hurd voted for an amendment blocking the President from creating National Monuments in certain counties if there was local objection. “Cresent Hardy introduced an amendment to an Interior Department bill that would block Obama from creating monuments in areas with local opposition. His amendment made its way into the bill on a 222-206 vote, and lists counties in Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah as off-limits. ‘This Antiquities Act has been abused,’ Hardy said in an interview Friday. ‘I am a huge supporter of protecting certain lands, but I think there’s a right process to go through it.’ Hardy accused Obama and Reid of pushing the Nevada monument to burnish their legacies.” The amendment passed, 222 to 206. [HR 2822, Vote #409, 7/07/15; Star-Tribune, 7/10/15] Voted Against Protecting America’s Waterways To Ensure Safe Drinking Water Supply Voted Against Protecting America’s Waterways To Ensure Safe Drinking Water Supply. In May 2015, Hurd voted against a motion that would “protect the quality of America’s water supply for safe drinking, particularly in the Great Lakes, which has been affected by harmful algal blooms; drought mitigation in California and the West; agriculture and irrigation; and flood and coastal storm protection from wetlands.” The motion failed 175 to 241. [HR 1732, Vote #218, 5/12/15; Democratic Leader, 5/12/15]

Voted For Prohibiting Listing Of Prairie Chicken As Threatened/Endangered



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