Believe it or not, there was a time when a Republican president (Richard Nixon) called on Congress to do more to protect the environment.
Times have changed. Last week only 24 Republican members of the House of Representatives voted for the PFAS Action Act, which would crack down on the use of a class of chemicals known as PFAS. Congressman Cline was not among them.
Used in tape, nonstick pans and other everyday substances, PFAS have been linked to cancer, decreased fertility, developmental delays and other conditions and have been found in high concentrations in sources of public drinking water and other sites around the country.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell — the bill’s lead sponsor — called the chemicals an “urgent public health and environmental threat.”
Nearly 300 military sites across the county have PFAS contamination, including several in Virginia, and as many as 110 million Americans are drinking PFAS-contaminated water, she said, citing Environmental Working Group data.
While 223 Democrats voted for the legislation, Cline and 156 other Republicans voted no— essentially siding with the interests of the chemical industry and against the health of the public, including our men and women in uniform and their families.
Another “under the radar” vote by Cline which deserves the full attention of his constituents.