Representative Bob Gibbs (R-OH) sponsored H.R. 872, the so-called Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, to prevent the EPA from protecting our waterways from the discharge of toxic pesticides that can contaminate drinking water, severely harm fish, and work their way up the food chain. More than 1,000 U.S. waterways are already impaired by pesticides. This legislation would remove the EPA’s tools under the Clean Water Act to control this pollution, instead relying on a weak federal pesticides law that demonstrably fails to protect our waters now. On March 31, the House passed a motion to suspend the rules and pass H.R. 872 by a vote of 292-130 (House roll call vote 206). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 872 was reported out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 21, but the full Senate has taken no action on this legislation.