League of Conservation Voters prepares the national environmental
Continuing Resolution special edition
U.S. House of Representatives February 2011
In light of the breathtaking environmental and public health assaults in the spending bill that the House of Representatives passed on February 19, the League of Conservation Voters has taken the extraordinary step of creating a Continuing Resolution Special Edition National Environmental Scorecard. If enacted into law, this bill would have devastating impacts on the environment and public health. Indeed, the sweeping assaults on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wildlife and wild places Americans hold dear make it the most anti-environmental piece of legislation in decades. It also takes us backwards when it comes to energy policy “ the bill includes appalling cuts for transit, efficiency, and renewable energy while protecting the profits of polluting industries that will continue to benefit at the expense of the American people.
erhaps the only positive thing that can be said about the votes that occurred while the Continuing Resolution was on the House floor is that two amendments to block conservation of treasured public lands failed. Unfortunately, the few positive amendments that were offered also failed, including those to prevent oil companies from drilling for free, cut subsidies for dirty sources of energy, and restore funding for clean energy research and efficiency.
86 members earned a perfect score of 100% on this Special Edition Scorecard, which is especially impressive given the volume of votes. 74 members earned an appalling score of 0%, which is particularly disturbing given that they sided with polluting industries at the expense of their constituents on so many votes. We commend those Republicans who broke with their leadership on numerous occasions, especially those who voted pro-environment more than half the time.