[Congressional Record Volume 157, Number 145 (Thursday, September 29, 2011)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1733]
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                          PERSONAL EXPLANATION


                           HON. JACKIE SPEIER

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 29, 2011

  Ms. SPEIER. Mr. Speaker, I was unfortunately unable to cast a vote on 
Roll Call 741 on the evening of Friday, September 23, 2011. I strongly 
oppose H.R. 2401 and I would have voted NO on its passage. H.R. 2401 
would delay indefinitely two important public health regulations under 
the Clean Air Act, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard and the Cross-
State Air Pollution Rule. These long overdue rules will prevent 
thousands of premature deaths from respiratory and cardiovascular 
disease and yield billions of dollars in net benefits each year. H.R. 
2401 would block the Environmental Protection Agency from updating 
these protections, placing vulnerable populations, including children 
and seniors, at even greater risk. I will continue to oppose 
legislation that exposes American families to harmful pollution and 
reduces the quality of the air we breathe.