Kudos to 13 House Republicans who voted against legislation that bundles together poorly conceived proposals that would weaken clean air, clean water, and public lands protections.Today, the House passed HR 3409. The bill’s advertised purpose is to help the coal industry, but it goes too far with a broadside attack on public health and natural heritage protections that benefit all Americans. The bill would bar the Interior Department from shielding lands with high-conservation value, such as acreage bordering national parks, from the risks of coal mining. The bill also would unnecessarily delay power plant mercury emissions limits, interfere with science-based determinations of pollution danger, and open a loophole in the Clean Water Act.
House Republicans who bucked party leaders and voted against the bill deserve praise for standing up for the traditional conservative ethic of good stewardship. If one of these lawmakers represents you in Congress, please call and thank them. You can reach any member of Congress by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
The 13 stewardship champions include: