Last week, many heard that H.R. 1229, a law that would force new offshore drilling permits through to approval by the Department of the Interior at an extremely rapid pace, regardless of whether there will be the capacity to handle them. What was not paid close attention to were the attempts to improve the rash and risky law through amendment.
Consider the Amendment 1 to H.R. 1229, a proposed change to the bill “to require safety review of permits to take into consideration all applicable safety, environmental and fisheries laws”. As long as new drilling is to be pushed through in unwise haste, it should at least be conducted according the the law, keeping workers and waters safe.
The author and sponsor of the the amendment, Jared Polis, noted that H.R. 1229 “fails to make mention of and omits requiring the Secretary to ensure that critical environmental and economic laws are adhered to, a prolific problem leading up to the Deepwater Horizon spill,” and commented, “Following last year’s BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, one would think that a foundational and critical element of any bill related to offshore deepwater oil drilling would be to improve our safety and environmental safeguards based on the lessons that we learned the hard way from a horrific national tragedy, costing jobs and reducing health and damaging the environment.”
So, the House of Representatives approved Amendment 1, right? No, unfortunately not. The House of Representatives rejected protections that might have saved the lives of the workers on the Deepwater Horizon and prevented the tremendous oil spill that resulted from its explosion.
The House members who voted to block environmental and safety protections to keep our people and natural resources safe are the following:
Sandy Adams, Robert Aderholt, Todd Akin, Rodney Alexander, Jason Altmire, Justin Amash, Steve Austria, Michele Bachmann, Spencer Bachus, Lou Barletta, John Barrow, Roscoe Bartlett, Joe Barton, Charles Bass, Dan Benishek, Rick Berg, Judy Biggert, Brian Bilbray, Gus Bilirakis, Rob Bishop, Diane Black, Marsha Blackburn, Jo Bonner, Mary Bono Mack, Dan Boren, Charles Boustany, Kevin Brady, Mo Brooks, Paul Broun, Vern Buchanan, Larry Bucshon, Ann Marie Buerkle, Michael Burgess, Dan Burton, Ken Calvert, David Camp, John Campbell, Francisco Canseco, Eric Cantor, Shelley Moore Capito, Dennis Cardoza, John Carter, Bill Cassidy, Steven Chabot, Jason Chaffetz, Howard Coble, Mike Coffman, Tom Cole, Michael Conaway, Jim Cooper, Jim Costa, Jerry Costello, Chip Cravaack, Rick Crawford, Ander Crenshaw, Mark Critz, John Culberson, Geoff Davis, Jeff Denham, Charles Dent, Scott DesJarlais, Mario Diaz-Balart, Bob Dold, Joe Donnelly, David Dreier, Sean Duffy, Jeff Duncan, John Duncan, Renee Ellmers, Jo Ann Emerson, Blake Farenthold, Stephen Fincher, Michael Fitzpatrick, Jeff Flake, Chuck Fleischmann, John Fleming, Bill Flores, Randy Forbes, Jeff Fortenberry, Virginia Foxx, Trent Franks, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Elton Gallegly, Cory Gardner, Scott Garrett, Jim Gerlach, Bob Gibbs, Chris Gibson, John Gingrey, Louis Gohmert, Bob Goodlatte, Paul Gosar, Trey Gowdy, Kay Granger, Tom Graves, Samuel Graves, Gene Green, Tim Griffin, Morgan Griffith, Michael Grimm, Frank Guinta, Brett Guthrie, Ralph Hall, Richard Hanna, Gregg Harper, Andy Harris, Vicky Hartzler, Joe Heck, Jeb Hensarling, Walter Herger, Jaime Herrera, Tim Holden, Tim Huelskamp, Bill Huizenga, Randy Hultgren, Duncan Hunter, Robert Hurt, Darrell Issa, Lynn Jenkins, Timothy Johnson, Bill Johnson, Walter Jones, Jim Jordan, Mike Kelly, Steve King, Peter King, Jack Kingston, Adam Kinzinger, John Kline, RaÃºl Labrador, Doug Lamborn, Leonard Lance, Jeff Landry, James Lankford, Tom Latham, Steven LaTourette, Robert Latta, Jerry Lewis, Frank LoBiondo, Billy Long, Frank Lucas, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Cynthia Lummis, Daniel Lungren, Connie Mack, Kenny Marchant, Thomas Marino, Jim Matheson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael McCaul, Tom McClintock, Thaddeus McCotter, Patrick McHenry, Howard McKeon, David McKinley, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Patrick Meehan, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Candice Miller, Gary Miller, Mick Mulvaney, Tim Murphy, Sue Myrick, Randy Neugebauer, Kristi Noem, Richard Nugent, Devin Nunes, Pete Olson, William Owens, Steven Palazzo, Erik Paulsen, Stevan Pearce, Mike Pence, Collin Peterson, Thomas Petri, Joseph Pitts, Todd Platts, Ted Poe, Mike Pompeo, Bill Posey, Tom Price, Ben Quayle, Dennis Rehberg, Jim Renacci, Reid Ribble, Scott Rigell, David Rivera, Martha Roby, Phil Roe, Michael Rogers, Harold Rogers, Michael Rogers, Dana Rohrabacher, Todd Rokita, Thomas Rooney, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Peter Roskam, Mike Ross, Dennis Ross, Edward Royce, Jon Runyan, Paul Ryan, Steve Scalise, Bobby Schilling, Jean Schmidt, Aaron Schock, David Schweikert, Tim Scott, Austin Scott, James Sensenbrenner, Pete Sessions, John Shimkus, Bill Shuster, Michael Simpson, Adrian Smith, Christopher Smith, Lamar Smith, Steve Southerland, Clifford Stearns, Steve Stivers, Marlin Stutzman, John Sullivan, Lee Terry, Glenn Thompson, Mac Thornberry, Patrick Tiberi, Scott Tipton, Michael Turner, Frederick Upton, Timothy Walberg, Greg Walden, Joe Walsh, Daniel Webster, Allen West, Lynn Westmoreland, Edward Whitfield, Joe Wilson, Rob Wittman, Frank Wolf, Steve Womack, Rob Woodall, Kevin Yoder, Don Young, Todd Young