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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

15_H349 on Jan 14, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.349
Source: Great Lakes and Fresh Water Algal Bloom Information A
Congressional Summary: A bill to create a database of information on the causes and corrective actions with regard to algal blooms in the Great Lakes, and tributaries to the Great Lakes

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: Rep LATTA: "While quality work and research have been done to mitigate the effects of harmful algal blooms in our Great Lakes, a comprehensive information system does not exist. This information system would track and study the causes of toxin-producing algal blooms, the factors and conditions that cause them to bloom in excess, and the effectiveness of mitigation efforts to ensure these waters remain healthy."

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Cleveland Plain-Dealer article 2/3/15): President Obama's proposed federal budget includes Great Lakes spending cuts. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) is the long-term plan to rid the Great Lakes of toxic pollutants. The plan strives to find ways to reduce runoff which can foul the water and create algal blooms that make drinking water harmful. The best evidence of the problem is last summer's algal bloom on Lake Erie--the water looked fluorescent green--that led to a ban on drinking water in Toledo. Protecting this resource requires a concerted, multi-party effort, proponents say. Yet such an effort had been lacking. The GLRI's $20 billion price tag was rejected as unrealistic as the United States was paying for other priorities including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

OnTheIssues explanation: This bill had no opponents speak out; it simply died in Committee. This bill was intended to earmark SOME spending on algae blooms, despite the spending cuts to the larger GLRI. The implication is that members of Congress consider other spending more important than mitigating algal blooms. Also see related Senate Resolution S.J.R. 45 (2008)


    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: Create database on algal blooms in the Great Lakes (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Create database on algal blooms in the Great Lakes (Score: -2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Create database on algal blooms in the Great Lakes (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Create database on algal blooms in the Great Lakes (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


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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 15_H349

Matt Cartwright s1oPennsylvania DemocratJan 22, 2015
Marcia Fudge s1oOhio DemocratJan 14, 2015
Mike Quigley s1oIllinois DemocratJan 14, 2015
Tim Ryan s1oOhio DemocratJan 14, 2015



Republicans participating in 15_H349

Chris Collins s1oNew York RepublicanJan 27, 2015
Bob Gibbs s1oOhio RepublicanJan 14, 2015
Dave Joyce s1oOhio RepublicanFeb 10, 2015
David McKinley s1oWest Virginia RepublicanFeb 10, 2015
Candice Miller s1oMichigan Republican (retiring 2016)Jan 14, 2015
Reid Ribble s1oWisconsin RepublicanJan 14, 2015
Steve Stivers s1oOhio RepublicanJan 14, 2015
Tim Walberg s1oMichigan RepublicanJan 14, 2015



Independents participating in 15_H349



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 4
Republicans: 8
Independents: 0


















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