July 2015 - Signed a letter to EPA, USDA, and DOE in support of biomass energy as a sustainable, responsible, renewable, and economically significant energy source.

114th Congress AF&PA Voting Record - House
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
Amendment to H.R. 22, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015: This amendment allows states to increase Gross Vehicle Weight on federal interstate highways up to 91,000 pounds with the addition of an additional (sixth) axle. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
H.R. 185, the Regulatory Accountability Act: Modernizes the Administrative Procedure Act’s rulemaking process by: • Increasing public participation in shaping the most costly regulations before they are proposed; • Requiring that agencies must choose the least costly option, unless they can demonstrate that public health, safety, or welfare requires a more costly one; • Giving interested parties the opportunity to hold agencies accountable for their compliance with the Information Quality Act; • Providing for on-the-record administrative hearings for the most costly regulations; • Restricting agencies’ use of interim final regulations where no comments are taken before a regulation takes effect and providing for expedited judicial review of whether that approach is justified; and • Providing for a more rigorous test in legal challenges for those regulations that would have the most impact. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 348: the RAPID Act: Amends the Administrative Procedures Act to streamline the review, approval, and/or permitting process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for construction projects that are partly or fully financed with federal funds. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 427, the REINS Act: Requires that Congress vote on any major rule or regulation coming from the executive branch that is estimated by OMB to impact the economy by $100 million or more. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
H.R. 527, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvement Act: Amends the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Act of 1996 to revise and expand the rulemaking requirements and procedures of federal agencies that affect small entities. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 712, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act: Addresses the sue & settle issue by providing transparency and public engagement when courts force a regulatory agency to issue regulations under judicial authority. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
H.R. 1029, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act: Revises the process of selecting members of the Science Advisory Board, guidelines for participation in Board advisory activities, and terms of office. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act: Prohibits EPA from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating a covered action unless all scientific and technical information relied on to support such action is the best available science, specifically identified, and publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent analysis and substantial reproduction of research results. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 1314, the Trade Act of 2015: Reauthorizes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) allowing for the executive branch to negotiate and finalize market opening free trade agreements. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act: Requires EPA to withdraw its Waters of the U.S. rule and develop a new proposed rule after engaging in meaningful stakeholder consultation. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act: Gives states the authority to create their own permitting process for management and disposal of coal ash. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act: Requires judicial review of EPA’s 111(d) rule for existing power plants (Clean Power Plan) to be completed before states are compelled to comply. It would also ensure that no state would be forced to implement a state or federal plan if the governor finds it would significantly harm energy affordability or reliability. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act: Provides the Forest Service with new tools to expedite needed management of the National Forest System; streamlines NEPA compliance, discourages litigation, and provides access to new funding streams to help pay for forest management projects. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 3438, the Require Evaluation before Implementing Executive Wishlists (REVIEW) Act: Requires federal agencies to postpone the implementation of any rule imposing an annual cost on the economy of at least $1 billion if a petition seeking judicial review of that regulation is filed within 60 days of the rule taking effect. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 4775, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act: Prevents a rushed implementation of the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), by: • Setting a 10-year implementation schedule for the 2015 ozone NAAQS to provide states time to complete work on implementing the 2008 ozone standard, • Adjusting the NAAQS review cycle to 10 years, establishing a more realistic review cycle, • Requiring EPA to issue implementation guidance concurrent with any NAAQS revision, and • Providing important relief for Prevention of Significant Deterioration permits. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 80%
Symbol Key:
Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position
Y Voted YES N Voted NO
- Did Not Vote A Absent
T Paired Vote Z Presiding