Protect the Clean Water Act and Keep Fisheries Safe
(H. Amdt. 119 to H.R. 953)
Date:May 24, 2017
Issue:Knowing What's In Our Food: Harmful Pesticides
189 votes for
230 votes against
The Right Vote Was a Yes Vote
This amendment would have kept existing Clean Water Act permitting requirements in place for any chemical discharge that would harm commercial, recreational, subsistence, or Tribal fisheries. Permits are an easy way for public health officials to identify the source of poisons that get into our waterways.
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  • Environmental Working Group: the twelve most pesticide-infested produce items. Regulation is vital to ensure you and your family are kept safe from unnecessary pesticide exposure.
  • Toxics Action Center: pesticides affect vulnerable people from farmworkers to children; a conglomeration of companies controls the power to make health decisions for the American public.

If your member of Congress voted the right way, send them a message of thanks.

  • I checked opensecrets.org to learn about your campaign contributions. You have taken $X from [ pesticide manufacturer.] And I see that you voted against requiring permits for the most dangerous chemicals under the Clean Water Act. Can you tell us why you voted this way? (H. Amdt. 118 to H.R. 953)
  • I can’t afford to shop at an expensive organic grocery store and I worry a lot about how to feed my kids foods that aren’t pumped full of fertilizers, pesticides, and antibiotics. I don’t think it’s good for them or good for the land. And now I need to worry about our water, too. You voted against requiring permits under the Clean Water Act for large farms to spray pesticides on or near water. Why did you do that? (H.R. 897)
  • You voted against requiring permits for any pesticide or chemical that might poison a fishery. Why did you vote to let companies poison our fish? (H. Amdt. 119 to H.R. 953)
  • You voted to let Big Agribusinesses spray pesticides on drinking water sources without permits, so that if people get sick, local health officials can’t trace the problem. Why would you vote that way? (H.R. 872, H.R. 935)

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