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13-H2026 on May 16, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act
Source: S.971 / H.R.2026
Congressional Summary:Amends the Clean Water Act to prohibit the EPA from requiring permits for a discharge of stormwater runoff resulting from silviculture activities.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Evergreen Magazine and Washington Forest Law Center): In Aug. 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that polluted stormwater generated by logging roads is subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act. [The ruling meant] that rain runoff from forest roads constituted an industrial (not forestry) activity, which should be considered a "point source" discharge under the CWA. The lawsuit was brought because forest roads have been dumping sediment into rivers that support myriad species of salmon and resident trout, all of which are at risk from the pollution. The ruling will require State agencies to issue permits and ensure that road construction and maintenance practices limit or eliminate such discharges.

In March 2013, the US Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit: permits are not required for stormwater discharges from pipes, ditches and channels along logging roads. [This legislation supports the Supreme Court ruling, against the Ninth Circuit conclusion].

Proponent's argument for bill: (Press release by sponsors):

Sen. WYDEN (D-OR): "We need a healthy timber industry to provide timber jobs and to do the restoration work that ensures healthy forests. The way to do that is to stop litigating questions that have already been answered."

Sen. CRAPO (R-ID): "The jobs and economic activities relating to the forest products industry are critical to the Pacific Northwest. The Clean Water Act was not intended to regulate stormwater runoff on forest roads."

Rep. HERRERA BEUTLER (R-WA): "At the heart of our efforts are the moms and dads employed by healthy, working forests--and passing this law will help make sure they have jobs, and will help make our forests healthy."

Also see the related Senate bill S.0971

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored no EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: No EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored no EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Answer: A)
  • Headline 2: No EPA permits required for forest road runoff (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-H2026

John Barrow s2oGA Democratic Senate candidateMay 16, 2013
G.K. Butterfield s2oNorth Carolina DemocratJun 12, 2013
Bill Enyart s2oIllinois DemocratJun 20, 2013
Derek Kilmer s2oWashington DemocratJun 25, 2013
Annie Kuster s2oNew Hampshire DemocratAug 2, 2013
Rick Larsen s2oWashington DemocratMay 16, 2013
Mike McIntyre s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2014)Jul 11, 2013
Michael Michaud s2oMaine Democratic Governor ChallengerMay 16, 2013
Rick Nolan s2oMinnesota DemocratJun 3, 2013
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/LaborMay 16, 2013
Nick Rahall s2oWest Virginia DemocratMay 16, 2013
Kurt Schrader s2oOregon DemocratMay 16, 2013
Terri Sewell s2oAlabama DemocratMay 16, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-H2026

Robert Aderholt s2oAlabama RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Spencer Bachus s2oAlabama Republican (retiring 2014)Jun 25, 2013
Dan Benishek s2oMichigan RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Shelley Moore Capito s2oWest Virginia Republican (Senate run 2014)Jun 3, 2013
Tom Cotton s2oAR Republican Senate challengerMay 16, 2013
Rick Crawford s2oArkansas RepublicanJun 6, 2013
Ander Crenshaw s2oFlorida RepublicanJun 5, 2013
Steve Daines s2oMontana Republican (Senate run 2014)Jun 12, 2013
Jeff Denham s2oCalifornia RepublicanJun 26, 2013
Sean Duffy s2oWisconsin RepublicanJun 6, 2013
Jeff Duncan s2oSouth Carolina RepublicanMay 16, 2013
John Fleming s2oLA Republican Senate candidateJun 3, 2013
Randy Forbes s2oVirginia RepublicanJul 25, 2013
Bob Gibbs s2oOhio RepublicanJun 19, 2013
Chris Gibson s2oNew York Republican (retiring 2016)Jun 5, 2013
Louie Gohmert s2oTexas RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Bob Goodlatte s2oVirginia RepublicanJul 23, 2013
Paul Gosar s2oArizona RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Morgan Griffith s2oVirginia RepublicanJun 27, 2013
Richard Hanna s2oNew York RepublicanJun 6, 2013
Gregg Harper s2oMississippi RepublicanJun 14, 2013
Doc Hastings s2oWashington Republican (retiring 2014)May 16, 2013
Jaime Herrera s1pWashington RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Robert Hurt s2oVirginia RepublicanJun 6, 2013
Jack Kingston s2oGA Republican ChallengerMay 16, 2013
Raul Labrador s2oIdaho RepublicanJun 14, 2013
Doug LaMalfa s2oCalifornia RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Cynthia Lummis s2oWyoming RepublicanJun 20, 2013
David McKinley s2oWest Virginia RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Cathy McMorris-Rodgers s2oWashington RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Mark Meadows s2oNorth Carolina RepublicanJul 11, 2013
Markwayne Mullin s2oOklahoma RepublicanJun 20, 2013
Mick Mulvaney s2oSouth Carolina RepublicanJun 3, 2013
Alan Nunnelee s2oMississippi Republican (deceased 2015)Jun 27, 2013
William Owens s2oCO Former Republican Governor (1999-2006)May 22, 2013
Dave Reichert s2oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012)Jun 14, 2013
Reid Ribble s2oWisconsin RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Tom Rice s2oSouth Carolina RepublicanAug 1, 2013
Martha Roby s2oAlabama RepublicanJun 5, 2013
Michael Rogers s2oAlabama RepublicanJun 28, 2013
Mark Sanford s2oSC Former Republican Governor (2002-2010)Jun 28, 2013
Austin Scott s2oGeorgia RepublicanMay 21, 2013
Mike Simpson s2oIdaho RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Steve Southerland s2oFlorida RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Glenn Thompson s2oPennsylvania RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Scott Tipton s2oColorado RepublicanJul 11, 2013
Greg Walden s2oOregon RepublicanMay 16, 2013
Lynn Westmoreland s2oGeorgia RepublicanMay 17, 2013
Robert Wittman s2oVirginia RepublicanJun 5, 2013
Steve Womack s2oArkansas RepublicanJun 12, 2013
Don Young s2oAlaska RepublicanMay 17, 2013

Independents participating in 13-H2026

Tim Griffin s2oAR GOP Lt.Gov ChallengerJun 12, 2013

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 13
Republicans: 51
Independents: 1

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