- Remembered those who lost their lives in defense of our country at Chattanooga last week.
- Pans the Iran deal.
- Reminds us he seeks to protect our fundamental rights regarding property ownership.
- Declares victory for Western NY manufacturing.
Here’s what he didn’t mention:
On Wednesday the House considered H.R. 1734, Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015. This legislation essentially removes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from the regulation of coal ash. After years of review and public commentary, minimum national standards were established for the safe handling of coal ash, which is produced by coal burning power plants. The EPA’s requirements include groundwater protections and restrictions on coal ash storage. H.R. 1734 eliminates the EPA’s minimum requirements and instead gives states the responsibility of developing their own standards. The EPA would have no authority to review state regulations to determine if they adequately protect public health and the environment. This measure passed; Rep. Reed voted AYE.
The House considered H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, also known as the DARK act. This legislation prohibits states from establishing mandatory labeling laws for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Instead, H.R. 1599 requires the Department of Agriculture to develop voluntary guidelines for food manufacturers. It also narrows the circumstances under which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require disclosures, limiting it to health and safety concerns. Under current regulations, the FDA can require a label to help consumers make more informed choices. This measure passed; Rep. Reed voted AYE.
The House considered H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. This legislation was developed as a response to the tragic murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who had been mistakenly released. H.R. 3009 does nothing to address the circumstances that resulted in the loss of Kathryn’s life. The perpetrator was being held by the Federal Bureau of Prisons because he entered this country illegally. He was then transferred to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office due to a decades old warrant involving marijuana. The District Attorney’s office declined to prosecute and the Sheriff’s office then released him without informing federal immigration officials. This measure passed; Rep. Reed voted AYE.
Thanks to Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) for information on these three bills.