Connolly says GOP environment bill will increase pollution-related deaths

Quoting the same report, Connolly said this would cost taxpayers $179 billion more through federal healthcare programs.

“In addition, it will cause 60,000 pre-mature deaths, 20 million lost days of work, and 36,800 additional heart attacks in America,” he added.

Connolly spoke near the end of a mini-filibuster that House Democrats waged against the House bill, H.R. 2584. That effort ended at about 6 p.m., after which the House rejected a series of Democratic amendments to the bill. Details on amendment votes follow:

— Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), manager’s amendment. Accepted by voice vote.

— Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), to move $18.6 million from the Bureau of Land Management to Indian Sanitation Services. Failed, 175-237.

— Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), to reduce funding by $3 billion to match to the Republican Study Committee budget request. Failed, 126-284.

— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), to move $3 million from the Bureau of Land Management to the EPA Urban Water Initiative. Failed, 165-248.

— Rep. Cedric Richmond, (D-La.), to increase funding for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by $5 million and cut $6 million from Bureau of Land Management. Accepted, 221-192.

— Richmond, to move $10.6 million from the Bureau of Land Management to the Fish and Wildlife Service. Rejected by voice vote.

— Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), to cut $4.5 million from the Bureau of Land Management for processing drilling permit applications. Failed, 141-271.

These were the last amendments considered to the bill before legislative business ended Monday evening, although more amendments are expected to be taken up Tuesday.

—This story was updated at 7:35 p.m. to reflect updated information about amendment debate.

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