Josh Gottheimer, candidate for Congress in the 5th District, today called out Tea Party incumbent Scott Garrett for a career of fierce opposition to critical safeguards that have left New Jersey children and families vulnerable to dangerous and unhealthy chemicals in our drinking water.
“Scott Garrett has built a career out of dismantling common sense water protections for our children and families,” said Gottheimer. “He has consistently fought against investments to fix and improve safe water infrastructure. Time and again, he has voted against the Clean Water Act. Clean water shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but Garrett has routinely put his extreme Tea Party ideology ahead of the health and safety of our children and families.” ...
In his thirteen years in Congress, Scott Garrett has built one of the worst environmental records in the entire House, earning a lifetime 9% score from the League of Conservation Voters. The organization Clean Water Action, gave Scott Garrett a zero percent rating in 2011-2012 and again in 2013-2014 for his consistent record opposing safeguards for clean water...
Garrett’s long history of Anti-Clean Water Votes includes:
In January 2016, Garrett voted for a resolution to permanently block the EPA and Army Corps’ Clean Water Rule. [S J RES 22, Roll call vote #45, 1/13/2016]
In 2011, Garrett voted against a motion which continued the EPA’s authority to regulate pollutants in drinking-water sources. [HR 2018, Vote #572, 7/13/11]
In 2011, Garrett voted for a bill which undermined the Clean Water Act by removing the EPA’s ability to enforce it. [HR 2018, Vote #573, 7/13/11]
Garrett opposed the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009. [HR 1262, Vote #123, 3/12/09]
In 2005, Garrett voted twice against increasing funding for the Clean Water Fund. [HR 2361, Vote #198, 5/19/05] [HR 2361, Vote #194, 5/19/05]
In 2005, Garrett voted to protect companies responsible for gasoline-additive MTBE water contamination. [HR 6, Vote #129, 4/21/05]