Energy, Manufacturing Interests Get Their Way on House Bill to Evaluate Impact of EPA

Owen Poindexter | September 26, 2011

Sept. 27, 2011 - The TRAIN Act, a bill (H.R. 2401) to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the potential negative business impact of certain rules before implementing them, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 249-169 on Friday, September 23. Republicans were almost unanimously in favor, while most, but not all, Democrats voted against it.

A number of groups representing organizations financially affected by EPA regulations supported the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, Industrial Energy Consumers of America, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Mining Association, the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association, and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, as well as ideological groups such as Americans for Tax Reform and FreedomWorks. The measure was opposed by environmental groups including the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Clean Air Council, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to House members in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2010. Campaign contributions data source: