Concrete, Building Industries Seek Delay to Upcoming EPA Ruling

Jeffrey ErnstFriedman | October 04, 2011

Oct. 4, 2011 - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (HR 2681) on Wednesday, a bill that would push back the deadline for the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue achievable standards for cement manufacturing facilities.

The bill is supported by Americans for Prosperity, The John Birch Society, the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated General Contractors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as members of the Stone, clay, glass & concrete products industry such as Lehigh Hanson, Inc. and the Portland Cement Association. The bill is opposed by environmental groups such as the Environmental Integrity Project and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

House of Representatives

  • House Republicans ($1,557,937) have received nearly 3 times as much in contributions connected to the Stone, clay, glass & concrete products interest group as their Democratic counterparts ($548,475).
  • House Democrats have received over 4.5 times ($915,301) as much in contributions connected to Environmental policy interest groups as their Republican counterparts ($200,825).
  • All told, interest groups that support this bill (Republican/Conservative; Stone, clay, glass & concrete products; Builders associations; Manufacturing; Chambers of commerce) have given $8,741,621 to House Republicans, over 13 times as much as they have given to House Democrats ($657,749).

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to House members in office during the 112th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contributions data source: