Thursday, June 26, 2014

46 Democrats Join GOP in Latest Anti-Environment Crusade

Yesterday, the House GOP advanced its war on environmental protection with H.R. 6, the comically named "Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act."

The bill would require the Department of Energy to issue final decisions on almost all of the 26 pending applications for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals in the next 90 days. Rushing these decisions takes away the necessary time to conduct thorough environmental reviews.

The "global freedom" part of the title refers to the claim from the bill's proponents that the legislation is necessary in order to provide natural gas to Ukraine. However, gas would not even be coming out of the terminals for three to four years and would be more likely to go to Asia, where prices are higher.

The bill passed 266 to 150. 220 Republicans and 46 Democrats voted for it. 148 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted against it.

Those 2 Republicans were Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Walter Jones (NC-03).

Here are the 46 Democrats:

Ron Barber (AZ-02)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)
Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Susan DelBene (WA-01)
Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Bill Enyart (IL-12)
Pete Gallego (TX-23)
Joe Garcia (FL-26)
Al Green (TX-09)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Denny Heck (WA-10)
Jim Himes (CT-04)
Ruben Hinojosa (TX-15)
Steny Hoyer (MD-05)
Steve Israel (NY-03)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Daniel Lipinski (IL-03)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Ben Luján (NM-03)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Jim Matheson (UT-02)
Mike McIntyre (NC-07)
Jim Moran (VA-08)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Bill Owens (NY-21)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Cedric Richmond (LA-02)
Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02)
Tim Ryan (OH-13)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Krysten Sinema (AZ-09)
Marc Veasey (TX-33)
Filemon Vela (TX-34)
Pete Visclosky (IN-01)

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