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PAY FOR PLAY: Ann Wagner Cashes in $74,000 from Chemical Manufacturer Before Voting Against Clean Water

The legislation passed by House Democrats and rejected by the vast majority of House Republicans will protect millions of Americans from harmful chemicals in their water

When in doubt, follow the money. Today, House Democrats passed the PFAS Action Act, legislation that will improve national drinking water standards and protect Americans, military bases, and the environment from harmful forever chemicals known as PFAS.

But you won’t find Rep. Ann Wagner on the list of Republicans voting to support the landmark legislation — after cashing $74,000 in PAC checks from a big corporation that made and imported these ‘forever chemicals’ in the U.S. for at least a decade, Wagner voted NO on clean drinking water for Missourians.

Wagner’s vote to side with her deep-pocketed donors over Missourians is no surprise from the politician who took more than a quarter million dollars from Big Pharma and voted against allowing the government to negotiate lower drug prices, who has raised millions from Wall Street donors and big corporations over the course of her career, and whose “loyalty to [the] financial industry stinks of swamp politics.”

The legislation, which 183 Republicans in Congress voted against, will:

  • Ensure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes a national drinking water standard for certain forever chemicals within two years that better protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations,

  • Ensure the EPA places discharge limits on industrial releases of PFAS and provide $200 million annually for wastewater treatment, and

  • Ensure comprehensive PFAS health testing.

“Today, Ann Wagner voted for the interests of her corporate chemical manufacturer donors instead of protecting clean drinking water for Missourians,” said DCCC spokesperson Monica Robinson. “Missouri voters will be disappointed, but not surprised, that Ann Wagner has once again sided with corporate interests bankrolling her political ambitions over the health of her own constituents.”


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