Republican U.S. House members David Trott (sprawling 11th District that takes in Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills) and Mike Bishop (meandering 8th District which includes Rochester and Rochester Hills) make the list this month for their lockstep votes in recent weeks to rollback the Stream Buffer Rule that limited dumping the waste from coal mining operations in local streams. It’s a rule promulgated in the Obama term of office and Republicans in Congress and President Trump had vowed to eliminate it under the guise of creating more coal mining jobs. Rep. John Yarmouth (D-Kentucky) opposed the rollback but said he would change his vote if anyone in the House would drink a sample of water he brought from a local well. No takers on this one.


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