Jeff Kelble Thanks Rep. Frank Wolf (VA - 10) for Voting against HR 2018

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 10:00am

July 18, 2011 Letter to Editor printed in Northern Virginia Daily News and Winchester Star:


This past Wednesday, July 13th, as the federal Clean Water Act nears its 40th anniversary, a very shortsighted U.S. House of Representatives voted to rip out several of the act's most important cornerstones by passing HR 2018.

If that bill survives the Senate and president, gone will be the federal oversight that has set up nationwide standards for clean water and that for 40 years has prevented states from racing to the bottom of land and river protection in order to attract polluting businesses. Sadly, this was allowed to happen under the cover of "jobs" rhetoric.

However, Northern Virginians should recognize that Congressman Frank Wolf was one of only 13 Republicans who voted against HR 2018 (three out of 13 Republicans voting against this bill were from Virginia).

Please take a minute to thank your congressman for cutting through the rhetoric, valuing our beautiful land and rivers and working on real legislation to bring jobs back to the United States.

Virginians understand the connection between a strong economy and a healthy environment and the power of a beautiful state to attract jobs without allowing businesses to pollute. HR 2018 is no such beast and should not be gilded in sheep's clothing.

Jeff Kelble, Shenandoah Riverkeeper

08/02/2011 Update: Congress is now adjourning for their summer break until September 6. Many of the dirty water bills and riders that we have been monitoring are now on hold. We expect that many of the dirty water bills and appropriations proposals, with dangerous policy riders and serious funding cuts to environmental programs, will be resurrected in some way, shape or form this Fall, whether in Continuing Resolutions or an Omnibus Funding package.