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H.R. 4012 (113th): Secret Science Reform Act of 2014

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To prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible.

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Sponsor and status

David Schweikert

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 20, 2014
Length: 3 pages
Feb 6, 2014
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 19, 2014 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


53 Cosponsors (53 Republicans)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: Secret Science Reform Act of 2014 (Nov 17, 2014)

What legislators are saying

Rep. Schweikert Secret Science Bill Passes the House
    — Rep. David Schweikert [R-AZ6] (Sponsor) on Nov 19, 2014

McMorris Rodgers: Increasing Transparency within the EPA
    — Rep. Cathy Rodgers [R-WA5] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 19, 2014

Rep. Bonamici Statement on Passage of Legislation that Will Undermine Science Research
    — Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1] on Nov 19, 2014

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Feb 6, 2014

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Feb 11, 2014
Considered by Environment

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jun 24, 2014
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Nov 19, 2014
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 4012 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4012. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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