PITTS’ WORST VOTES: WHY DOES WATER HAVE TO BE CLEAN?
A study of Congressman Joe Pitts’ votes by the Herr 2010 campaign makes clear a common thread: a close correlation with the interests of large corporations and their lobbyists. And lowly sewer systems don’t seem to have many lobbyists.
Vote 31: H.R. 1262, the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009
Let’s be blunt: water quality investment is a nice way of saying building sewage treatment plants. Old and malfunctioning sewage plants limit development in their home communities and affect drinking water quality downstream. The Water Quality Investment Act was all about helping municipal, rural and tribal entities pay for new sewage treatment plants, with some technical assistance thrown in. On March 12, 2009, the House passed the bill 317-101. But guess who was staying upwind — way upwind?
Pitts votes NO.
Whether it was Congressman Pitts’ sensitive olfactory apparatus, or just the absence of lobbyist support, we’ll never know. The bill went to the Senate without him.
Hey, if you want clean water, it’s in bottles at the store. You want more Bad Pitts Votes, we’ll have ’em, one each day