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Eric Cantor makes anti-environmentalism top priority for summer legislation

14 Jun 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Congress, House

House Majority leader Eric Cantor made clear Friday in a memo to the Members of the House Republican Conference that environmental legislation and the EPA will continue to be under assault through the summer legislating period. 

Citing the recent House passage of H.R. 910, which sought to curb EPA’s authority to set commonsense standards for harmful carbon pollution, Cantor promised to continue promoting legislation to lessen environmental standards.

Cantor plans to schedule votes on:

  • H.R. 1705, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN Act)
  • H.R. 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act
  • H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act

All three of these bills, promises Cantor, are intended to check the Obama administration’s ability to create and enforce commonsense health and environmental safeguards, and, if they became law, would prove especially detrimental to the EPA’s ability to control harmful air and water pollution. 

Cantor also promised to continue pursuing anti-environmentalism as a solution to the nation’s energy crisis. The memo champions recent legislation the House passed such as H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act; H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act; and H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act, all of which are designed to promote and expand offshore drilling. Despite Senate resistance to pass such House legislation, Cantor pledged that the House will continue its war on the environment with upcoming votes as early as late June. 

Upcoming energy legislation will include:

  • H.R. 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
  • H.R. 1938, the North American-Made Energy Security Act

H.R. 2021 accelerates oil drilling in Alaska by weakening air pollution standards, while H.R. 1938 expedites construction of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline—a project that was temporarily halted by the State Department after concerns prompted further research into the project’s environmental consequences (See Act Green’s blog post on it here).

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