Senate Action on Healthcare a Major Setback for Environmental and Public Health

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today the Senate voted to proceed to debate on a bill that will effectively strip health insurance from millions of Americans.

Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:

“The Trump administration and congressional allies have been carrying out repeated assaults on environmental and public health – from allowing more coal mining pollution in drinking water sources, to delaying reductions in harmful methane emissions, to reversing a ban – against the recommendation of EPA’s own scientists – on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos."

"Today’s vote by the Senate, to proceed to debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act, adds insult to injury by setting up a scenario where 20 to 32 million Americans may be stripped of their healthcare at the same time as environment health safeguards are being rolled back."

"Moving forward legislation to revamp one sixth of the economy, while holding zero legislative hearings and providing no clarity on what the final bill will look like, is reckless and heartless.”


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly