The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 2218, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013, 31-16 on June 19. Democrats who voted for the bill commented that they hope the Senate addresses concerns about emergency requirements. Amendments offered by Delegate Donna Christensen (D-VI), Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) to protect vulnerable populations, to add federal enforcement authority, and to protect groundwater, failed.