Member of the Congressional Paper and Packaging Caucus

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 WITH 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 WITH 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 WITH 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: 100%
113th Congress AF&PA Voting Record - House
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act: Requires the U.S. Forest Service to increase timber production on National Forest lands. Exempts land in the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Agriculture Department would have to provide 25 percent of the revenue from timber operations to counties containing national forest land. Prohibits injunctions against forest reserve projects in response to procedural complaints about its selection and planning process. Waives judicial review for any forest debris removal project resulting from a 2013 wildfire. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act: Prohibits EPA from regulating coal ash as a “hazardous waste.” This bill ensures the safe regulation of coal ash in a cost-effective manner, while protecting public health, the environment and thousands of high-paying jobs. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2641, the RAPID Act: Streamlines the environmental permitting process for major infrastructure projects through concurrent (rather than consecutive) environmental reviews, increased cooperation among federal agencies and reasonable deadlines for parties to file comments and legal challenges. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2642, the Farm Bill Conference Report: This bill contains a number of provisions supported by AF&PA: • Includes the Forest Products Fairness Act (HR 979), which allows forest products to be included in USDA’s biobased programs. • Includes compromise language that exempts forest roads and silviculture activities from any permitting requirements and the citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act. The language does not prevent EPA from considering non- permit measures for forest roads and silviculture activities. • Includes improvements to conservation programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program and multiple beneficial provisions related to federal land management • Calls for the Secretary of Agriculture to revise the strategic plan for the FIA program and includes direction on what should be included. • Funding for Energy Title programs generally was reduced. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) has been reduced to $25 million a year in total funding, not more than half of which can be used for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) payments that previously were a concern for the industry. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency Act (ALERRT Act): Combines the following bills H.R. 2122, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013; H.R. 1493, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2013; H.R. 2542, the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act; and H.R. 2804, the ALERRT Act. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act: Prohibits the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and EPA from implementing the proposed Waters of the US rule issued on April 21, 2014. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 100%
112th Congress AF&PA Voting Record - House
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act: Prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act without the input of Congress. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act: Allows more time for EPA to fix, and for companies to comply with, the Boiler MACT rules. Boiler MACT is a regulation issued under the Clean Air Act that requires EPA to regulate pollutants from emission sources. EPA's Boiler MACT rule will require more than 90 percent of boilers to make significant changes, some of which are not technically achievable with real world boilers. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act: Amends subtitle D of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to facilitate recovery and beneficial use, and provide for the proper management and disposal, of materials generated by the combustion of coal and other fossil fuels. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R. 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act: Requires analyses of the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R.3078, the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R.3079, the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
H.R.3080, the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 100%
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- Did Not Vote A Absent
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Associated General Contractors of America 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
    (93%)
National Association of Manufacturers 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
    (97%)
National Federation of Independent Business 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
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National Retail Federation 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
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US Chamber of Commerce 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
    (84%)
BIPAC 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
    (92%)