RECENT VOTES

Getting Around the Clean Water Act, Again

On Wednesday the House considered H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. This legislation exempts the application of pesticides near water from regulations applied through the Clean Water Act. Commercial pesticides have been classified as pollutants if they are used near specific bodies of water. This has been the case since a 2009 court ruling. H.R. 953 allows for the application of pesticides near water essentially without restrictions. Almost 2,000 bodies of water in our country are already at concerning levels of pesticide pollution. Clearly, this legislation will only worsen the problem. Proponents argue it is necessary for mosquito control due to Zika and other viruses. However, current law already allows for immediate pesticide application in a declared emergency situation. H.R. 953 is not only unnecessary, it could further damage numerous bodies of water that are already contaminated. This includes water used for drinking and to support wildlife. I voted NO. H.R. 953 passed and the entire vote is recorded below:

  YEA NAY PRESENT NOT VOTING
REPUBLICAN

231

1

0

5

DEMOCRAT

25

164

0

4

TOTAL

256

165

0

9

MASSACHUSETTS
DELEGATION

0

9

0

0