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Waxman: 'The Most Anti-Environment House In History'

During the 112th Congress, the Republican House majority has taken aim at issues ranging from labor protections to women's right to choose. But it may be the environment thats hardest hit by Republican efforts to reshape the federal government.

Since the beginning of the current Congress in January, the House of Representatives has passed 125 bills that undermine environmental protection. Taken together, these votes make this "the most anti-environment House in history," according to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The list of bills, compiled by Democratic staffers on the committee, includes legislation limiting the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency by prohibiting it from regulating carbon emissions from power plants, votes to defund enforcement of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, and efforts to target federal agencies such as the Department of Interior and the Department of Energy.

"House Republicans are showing how far they will go to please big polluters," said a spokesman for the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). "Instead of focusing on jobs and the economy, they are busy stopping all rules to clean up the air and save lives."
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