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The Planet

The War on the Environment...Bill by Bill

The Polluter's Bill of Rights


Takings/Bad-Neighbor Bills:

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Committee
  • White House: Veto promised
  • Action needed: Media, community outreach, and pressure on senators to oppose S. 605.

Risk Assessment /Rolls Back Environmental Laws

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Foundering
  • White House: Veto promised
  • Action needed: Thank senators who voted against S. 343, publicly criticize those who voted for it.

Legal Reforms/Right to Sue

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Rejected
  • White House: --
  • Action needed: Not an action priority.

Unfunded Mandates

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Passed
  • White House: Signed
  • Action needed: No action needed; final bill fairly moderate.

Gutting Environmental Laws


Clean Water Act Reauthorization

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: No Action
  • White House: Veto promised
  • Action needed: Media, community outreach, pressure on senators to fight the "Dirty Water Bill," H.R. 961.

Endangered Species Act Reauthorization

  • House: Committee
  • Senate: Committee
  • White House: --
  • Action needed: Media and community outreach opposing Gorton's "Wildlife and Wildlands Extinction Act" in the Senate.

Budget and Appropriations Attacks on the Environment


"Logging Without Laws"/(Budget Rescissions Bill, Round 2)

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: Passed
  • White House: Vetoed first bill, has agreed to sign round 2
  • Action needed: Call president expressing outrage at his agreement to sign "logging without laws."

Arctic Refuge Oil Drilling

  • House: Action pending
  • Senate: Action pending
  • White House: --
  • Action needed: Media, community outreach and pressure on Congress and president to protect the Arctic as budget process goes forward.

EPA Appropriations

  • House: Floor
  • Senate: --
  • White House: Veto promised
  • Action needed: House committee proposal blocks enforcement of existing anti-pollution laws and cuts EPA funding by a third. Contact senators and president to express opposition.

Interior Appropriations

  • House: Passed
  • Senate: --
  • White House: Veto promised
  • Action needed: OCS offshore drilling moratorium restored, but bill still guts parks and endangered species funding. Urge Senate to support amendments that restore funding.

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