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16-HR4470 on Feb 4, 2016

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.4470
Source: Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act
Congressional Summary:
  • The EPA Administrator shall, in collaboration with operators of public water systems, establish a strategic plan for outreach, education, technical assistance, and risk communication to populations affected by lead in a public water system.
  • Each operator of a public water system shall identify and provide notice to persons who may be affected by lead contamination of their drinking water, and corrosivity of the water supply sufficient to cause leaching of lead
  • In making information available to the public, the Administrator shall target groups within the general population that may be at greater risk than the general population of adverse health effects from exposure to lead in drinking water.
OnTheIssues Notes: This bill responds to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan. In April 2014, the city of Flint (with a large minority population) switched its drinking water supply from the Detroit-based system to a river-based system, to save the city money. In August 2014, residents began complaining about water discoloration and a bad taste and odor. The city of Flint insisted the water was safe, but by 2015, high levels of lead and other contaminants were found in the water. In Oct. 2015, Flint switched back to the Detroit water supply, using an emergency loan of $7 million from the state of Michigan; that switch should slowly clear up the contaminants. The issue was still volatile enough that a Republican primary debate was held in nearby Detroit on March 3, 2016, and a Democratic primary debate was held in Flint on March 6, 2016

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Require reporting lead in drinking water to the public (Answer: D)
  • 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 16-HR4470

Karen Bass s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Joyce Beatty s1oOhio DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Earl Blumenauer s1oOregon DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Suzanne Bonamici s1oOregon DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Brendan Boyle s1oPennsylvania Democratic House MemberFeb 9, 2016
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Joaquin Castro s1oTexas DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Bonnie Watson Coleman s1oNew Jersey Democratic House MemberFeb 9, 2016
John Conyers s1oMichigan DemocratFeb 4, 2016
Joe Courtney s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Joseph Crowley s1oNew York DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Danny Davis s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Mark DeSaulnier s1oCalifornia Democratic House MemberFeb 9, 2016
Debbie Dingell s1oMichigan Democratic House MemberFeb 4, 2016
Tammy Duckworth s1oIL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 9, 2016
Donna Edwards s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 4, 2016
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota DemocratFeb 10, 2016
Elizabeth Esty s1oConnecticut DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Lois Frankel s1oFlorida DemocratFeb 10, 2016
Ruben Gallego s1oArizona Democratic House MemberFeb 9, 2016
John Garamendi s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Gene Green s1oTexas DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Luis Gutierrez s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Janice Hahn s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 9, 2016
Jared Huffman s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Steve Israel s1oNew York DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Eddie Bernice Johnson s1oTexas DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Marcy Kaptur s1oOhio DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Ann Kirkpatrick s1oArizona Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 9, 2016
Brenda Lawrence s1oMichigan Democratic House MemberFeb 4, 2016
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Sander Levin s1oMichigan DemocratFeb 4, 2016
Nita Lowey s1oNew York DemocratFeb 10, 2016
Sean Maloney s1oNew York DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Grace Meng s1oNew York DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Patrick Murphy s1oFL Democratic Senate candidateFeb 10, 2016
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Bill Pascrell s1oNew Jersey DemocratFeb 10, 2016
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012)Feb 4, 2016
Scott Peters s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Mark Pocan s1oWisconsin DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib. (retiring 2016)Feb 9, 2016
Cedric Richmond s1oLouisiana DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Tim Ryan s1oOhio DemocratFeb 4, 2016
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 10, 2016
John Sarbanes s1oMaryland DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Adam Schiff s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia DemocratFeb 10, 2016
Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Eric Swalwell s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Mike Thompson s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Feb 9, 2016
Juan Vargas s1oCalifornia DemocratFeb 9, 2016
Peter Welch s1oVermont DemocratFeb 9, 2016

Republicans participating in 16-HR4470

Justin Amash s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2016
Dan Benishek s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2016
Mike Bishop s1oMichigan Republican House MemberFeb 4, 2016
Chris Collins s1oNew York RepublicanFeb 9, 2016
Morgan Griffith s1oVirginia RepublicanFeb 9, 2016
Bill Huizenga s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2016
Candice Miller s1oMichigan Republican (retiring 2016)Feb 4, 2016
John Moolenaar s1oMichigan Republican House MemberFeb 4, 2016
Fred Upton s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2016
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan RepublicanFeb 4, 2016

Independents participating in 16-HR4470

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 61
Republicans: 10
Independents: 0

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