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LCV Launches Digital Ad Campaign Criticizing Representatives for Vote to Block Clean Water Protections

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Seth Stein, (202) 454-4573 or seth_stein@lcv.org

January 28, 2016  

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $20,000 Facebook ad campaign holding accountable members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of the Congressional Review Act “Resolutions of Disapproval” to permanently block the EPA and Army Corps’ Clean Water Rule, S.J. Res. 22. The ads target Reps. David Valadao (CA-21), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Rod Blum (IA-1), David Young (IA-3), Bruce Poliquin (ME-2), Frank Guinta (NH-1), Scott Garrett (NJ-5), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Jim Costa (CA-16) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) and are targeted to their respective districts and will run for about one week.

“These Representatives have done the bidding of Big Polluters and voted for yet another radical assault on the clean drinking water of one in three Americans,” said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters. “This bill was an extreme attempt to permanently block these overwhelmingly popular pollution protections for the clean water our children and grandchildren drink, swim, and play in. Rather than opposing these critical safeguards, these Representatives would serve their constituents far better by focusing on the issues that are leading to the water crises like we have seen in Flint, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.”

On May 27, 2015, the EPA and the Army Corps released the final Clean Water Rule, which would restore pollution protections to the small streams and wetlands that feed into the drinking water supply of one in three Americans. These critical safeguards protect the clean water our children and grandchildren drink, swim and play in. On November 4, 2015, the Senate voted on and passed S.J. Res. 22, a radical and obscure Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” to stop the Clean Water Rule and permanently prevent the agencies from ever issuing similar protections in the future. On January 13, 2016, the House also voted on and passed S.J. Res 22. Reps. David Valadao (CA-21), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Rod Blum (IA-1), David Young (IA-3), Bruce Poliquin (ME-2), Frank Guinta (NH-1), Scott Garrett (NJ-5), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Jim Costa (CA-16) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) voted YEA on S.J. Res. 22.

On January 19, 2016, President Obama vetoed this radical assault on clean water protections. On January 21, 2016, the Senate failed to override the president’s veto.

View the David Valadao ad (CA-21) here.
View the Mike Coffman ad (CO-6) here.
View the Rod Blum ad (IA-1) here.
View the David Young ad (IA-3) here.
View the Bruce Poliquin ad (ME-2) here.
View the Frank Guinta ad (NH-1) here.
View the Scott Garrett ad (NJ-5) here.

View the Barbara Comstock ad (VA-10) here.
View the Jim Costa ad (CA-16) here.
View the Henry Cuellar ad (TX-28) here.

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