Shea-Porter Statement on “Smoggy Skies Act”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after voting against H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017, also known as the “Smoggy Skies Act,” which passed the House by a vote of 229-199.
“As the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Asthma and Allergies Caucus, I’m working to raise awareness of the connection between air pollution and breathing problems. That’s why I’m so disappointed that my Republican colleagues in the House just voted for the ‘Smoggy Skies Act,’ which will delay badly needed restrictions that would have tamped down how much smog polluters can release into the air we all breathe. Our job is to protect children’s lungs and to stop diseases like asthma and COPD – not to make people sick, not to make it easier for polluters.”
A broad range of public health advocates spoke out against today’s bill, voicing concerns about the impact it will have on Americans’ lung health. Read their letter here.