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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today reminded voters of Rep. Francisco Canseco’s (TX-23) assault on the environment, including his vote to dismantle the landmark legislation. The Clean Water Act, passed by Congress on this day in 1972, set a national goal to eliminate all water pollution.
“Congressman Canseco voted to dismantle the Clean Water Act, which would threaten Texas’ clean water and endanger endanger public health,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
Canseco voted for the so-called Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, legislation that would dismantle the Clean Water Act. The legislation would threaten waterways Americans depend on for swimming, fishing, and drinking by crippling the EPA’s ability to set water quality standards.
LCV last week launched a $600,000 television ad campaign criticizing Rep. Canseco for voting to protect tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas while voting to provide tax cuts for millionaires like him.
Canseco has a lifetime score of just 3% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan LCV National Environmental Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
In August, LCV named Canseco to its $2 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at http://www.lcv.org/flatearthfive.
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