Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) joined his colleague, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA08), in introducing two amendments to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2014 being considered by the House of Representatives. The Dingell-Moran amendments would strengthen the intent of the Clean Water Act to prevent dangerous and toxic substances and materials from being dumped in our waterways and wetlands.
Dingell is one of the original House authors of the Clean Water Act of 1972, which has helped protect American citizens from the harmful effects of water pollution.
"For far too long, Congress has persisted in its attempts to obfuscate and weaken the intent of good, thorough legislation that has protected our air and water in order to leave behind a better world for our children and grandchildren," said Dingell. "I've continuously reminded my colleagues that there is no one person or people who own this Earth--it is on loan to us from future generations to whom we owe so much. These amendments are simple and straightforward, striking harmful language that seeks to undermine the very laws that help our nation continue to prosper."
While House Republicans were successful in blocking both amendments, Dingell pledged to continue to support environmental legislation that provides safety and security to American families from the harmful effects of pollution.
"This is not the first time that important environmental laws have come under attack, and it will not be the last," added Dingell. "We need these good, common sense laws that tell the American people that we're looking out for their health and livelihood and that the United States Congress is intent on protecting them from the very real threats of wayward stewardship of this beautiful nation."