Scorecard - 115th Congress

The scorecard tracks Natural Resources referred bills that have been voted on at a Committee Markup or on the House Floor. For further information on the bills or to see how your Member of Congress voted, click on the Roll Call Link. We hope this serves as a valuable tool in keeping Congress accountable for supporting and opposing legislation that safeguards our nation’s natural resources.

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Bill Overview

Description

Grijalva's Position

Committee Votes

House Floor Votes

H.R. 3133, the Streamlining Environmental Approvals Act of 2017, January 10, 2018

H.R. 3133 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Mike Johnson (R)

Louisiana's 4th District

H.R. 3133 would strike core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and allow more harm to marine mammals in order to make it easier for seismic airgun blasting and other industrial activities to take place in the ocean. Along with weakening the MMPA, it would undermine Endangered Species Act protections for any listed marine mammals. This bill is a giveaway to the oil and gas industry and a vote for this bill is an anti-conservation vote.Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed 

 

Amendment No. 1

 Sponsor: 

 

Nannete Diaz Barragán (D)

 

California's 44th District

 

 This amendment would have protected marine mammals in the Pacific Ocean by maintaining existing requirements under the MMPA. A vote against this amendment is an anti-conservation vote. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

17-20

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Amendment No. 2

Sponsor: 

Don Beyer (D)

                  Virginia's 8th District

This amendment would have protected marine mammals in the Atlantic Ocean by maintaining existing requirements under the MMPA. A vote against this amendment is an anti-conservation vote. 

 Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

17-19

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Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: 

Madeleine Bordallo (D)

                  Guam's At Large District

This amendment would have required that marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico be fully recovered from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill before they are subject to further harm from the provisions in the bill. A vote against this amendment is an anti-conservation vote.   

 Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 

Failed


  

 

H.R. 3905, Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act 

(Energy and Mineral Resources; Federal Lands), November 30, 2017

H.R. 3905 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Tom Emmer (R)

Minnesota's 6th District

This bill blocks efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from a large copper sulfide mine proposed to be built right on its border by a foreign mining conglomerate. It reinstates expired mining leases and blocks an ongoing environmental review process. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

17-13

Roll Call Link

 Passed

216-204

Roll Call Link

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

This amendment would have required companies to pay a higher royalty rate on any minerals extracted. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

  Failed

182-237

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 3117, Transparency and Honesty in Energy Regulations Act of 2017, November 30, 2017

H.R. 3117 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Evan Jenkins (R)

West Virginia's 3rd District

This bill forbids federal agencies from considering the “social cost” of carbon, methane, or nitrous oxide in cost-benefit analysis or other actions. This bill also forces those agencies to ignore global costs and benefits in their decisions. This paves the way for additional harmful environmental policies and prevents the federal government from looking at the big picture when making decisions.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

18-15

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Greg Gianforte (R)

                  Montana's At Large District

This amendment introduces additional obstacles for the federal government’s study of environmental impacts. Passing the amendment prevents agencies from considering the full environmental costs of actions when looking at cumulative effects, local impacts, and regional impacts.

 Oppose

This amendment is BAD for the environment

Passed

18-15

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H.R. 1778, To provide that an order by the Secretary of the Interior imposing a moratorium on Federal coal leasing shall not take effect unless a joint resolution of approval is enacted, and for other purposes, November 30, 2017

H.R. 1778 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Liz Cheney (R)

Wyoming's At Large District

This bill forbids the Department of the Interior from pausing coal mining operations as part of studies to evaluate the federal coal leasing program. Similar pauses happened during previous reviews under previous Republican administrations. 

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

17-12

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 4239, SECURE American Energy Act, November 8, 2017

H.R. 4239 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Bruce Westerman (R)

Arkansas's 4th District

H.R. 4239 is a giveaway of federal land and revenues, allowing states to take over permitting of oil and gas wells and surface impacts on public land, and sharing federal revenues from offshore drilling with Alaska and certain Atlantic states in a blatant attempt to entice the states to support drilling off their beaches. It would prohibit the federal government from setting commonsense baseline standards for hydraulic fracturing, reduce opportunities for public and tribal input into land management decisions, and overturn longstanding principles of public land and forest management.

H.R. 4239 would also eliminate the ability of future Presidents to use their authority under the Antiquities Act to protect underwater resources, and would create a new system for exploration licenses and leases for seabed mining off the coasts of U.S. territories. 
 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

 Passed

19-14

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Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Nannete Diaz Barragán (D)

                  California's 44th District

This amendment would have offered protection from the direct impacts of oil and gas drilling by creating a 1,500 feet buffer zone between oil and gas wells on federal land and homes, schools, and businesses.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

14-16

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Amendment No. 2

Sponsor: 

Don Beyer (D)

                  Virginia's 8th District

This amendment would have retained key protections found in the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 that require individuals and companies to adhere to certain reporting standards to mitigate the industrial impact on marine life. Without this amendment, the Secretary of the Interior has less authority to record instances of marine life disturbance in Federal waters.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-19

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: 

Don Beyer (D)

                  Virginia's 8th District

This amendment would have required states to limit the venting and flaring of natural gas—activities which waste valuable resources and rob taxpayers of royalty revenue.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-19

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 4

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

This amendment would have required that states could only take over permitting from the federal government if that would not result in more greenhouse gas emissions.

 
Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

15-19

Roll Call Link

 
 

Amendment No. 5

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

This amendment would have permanently reauthorized a minimum of $10 million per fiscal year to promote access to recreational activities, such as hunting and fishing, on existing Federal public land.

 
Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

15-19

Roll Call Link

 
 

Amendment No. 6

Sponsor: 

A. Donald McEachin (D)

                  Virginia's 4th District

This amendment would have protected the President’s authority to declare marine national monuments to protect areas of the outer Continental Shelf from oil and gas extraction.

 
Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

14-18

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Amendment No. 7

Sponsor: 

Alan Lowenthal (D)

                  California's 47th District

This amendment would have required the Department of the Interior to publish an inventory of the greenhouse gas emissions from Federal lands and waters to promote transparency and accountability.

 
Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

14-19

Roll Call Link

 
 

Amendment No. 8

Sponsor: 

Alan Lowenthal (D)

                  California's 47th District

This amendment would have required the Department of the Interior to publish an inventory of unused drilling permits, a practice carried out by the Obama Administration but stopped by Trump.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

13-23

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H.R. 2907, Planning for American Energy Act of 2017, November 8, 2017

H.R. 2907 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Steve Scalise (R)

Louisiana's 1st District

H.R.2907 requires that the Secretary of the Interior direct Departmental resources in order to increase energy production during 4-year periods, regardless of market conditions and other factors. The bill would require continually increasing production of coal, oil, natural gas, and oil shale, and would overturn the longstanding principle of managing public lands for multiple use and sustained yield by making energy development a preferred use of those lands.

Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

17-13

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 2936, Resilient Federal Forests Act (Federal Lands), November 1, 2017

H.R. 2936 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Scott Tipton (R)

Colorado's 3rd District
H.R. 2936 is a sweeping piece of legislation that undermines key environmental safeguards and creates barriers to public participation in national forest management decisions in order to expedite timber sales. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-12

Roll Call Link

Passed

232-188

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Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Ro Khanna (D)

                  California's 17th District

This amendment would have removed a harmful provision that blocks access to courts when challenging potentially harmful timber projects. Republicans voted it down.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

   Failed

189-232

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 2

Sponsor: 

Tom O'Halleran (D)

                  Arizona's 1st District

This amendment would have removed a section of H.R. 2936 designed to remove the environmental review requirements associated with updating or amending forest management plans. Republicans rejected the amendment.    Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

  Failed

194-226

Roll Call Link

Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: 

Steve Pearce (R)

                  New Mexico's 2nd District

This anti-conservation amendment eliminates environmental review and public participation requirements for a range of management projects on three national forests in New Mexico. A vote for this amendment is bad for the environment. Oppose

This amendment is BAD for the environment

  Passed

236 -184

Roll Call Link

H.RES.555, Requesting that President and directing the Secretary of the Interior to transmit documents related to E.O. 13792 on National Monuments, October 11, 2017

 

H.Res. 555 - Bill Text

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

Arizona's 3rd District

 

H.RES.555 requires the administration to formally release a final report, as well as all supporting documents related to President Trump’s Executive Order 13792 that was introduced on October 4th.

 Support

This bill is GOOD for the environment

Passed

23-17

Roll Call Link

 

 

Amendment No. 1

 

Sponsor: 

 

Rob Bishop (R)

Utah's 1st District

 

 

Reflecting several amendments offered and withdrawn by Committee Democrats, this amendment expands the list of required document disclosures by the President and Secretary of the Interior as mandated by H.RES.555.

   Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Passed

40-0

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 3990, National Monument Creation and Protection Act, October 11, 2017

 

H.R. 3990 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Rob Bishop (R)

Utah's 1st District

 

H.R. 3990 is a deceitful proposal designed to undermine the Antiquities Act and establish barriers to future national monument designations. The bill expressly grants the president the authority to reduce the size of previously designated monuments. H.R. 3990 also gives local governments veto power over future designations. This bill is more about erecting barriers to future designation than addressing a lack of transparency in the current designation process.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-17

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 1274, State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act, October 3, 2017

H.R. 1274 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Dan Newhouse (R)

Washington's 4th District

H.R.1274 would require that all data submitted by states, tribes or local governments during a listing determination automatically be considered the “best scientific data available”, even if such data is not developed by scientists, or is of very poor quality. This bill would open up new opportunities for states, localities, or tribes to litigate and submit conflicting data under the Endangered Species Act.  H.R.1274 is both unreasonable and impractical. 

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

22-14

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H.R. 210, Native American Energy Act, October 3, 2017

H.R. 1274 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Don Young (R)

Alaska's At Large District

H.R.210 severely limits public involvement in the development of any major project on tribal lands, as well as isolates potentially environmentally devastating energy projects on tribal lands from judicial review. This bill contributes to uninformed decision making at the federal level and prevents legitimate claims from being brought by victims of environmental disasters.  Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

25-15

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H.R. 2603, SAVES Act, October 3, 2017

H.R. 2603 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Louie Gohmert (R)

Texas's 1st District

H.R. 2603 would strip ESA protections from non-native species within the United States. In addition to impeding the USFWS’ ability regulate illegal wildlife trafficking of endangered species, H.R. 2603 would have dire implications for non-native species held in captivity in the U.S. The “Saving America’s Endangered Species Act,” has enormously far-reaching and destructive implications, including weakening the Obama Administration’s critical elephant ivory trade ban. A vote in favor of this bill is an anti-conservation vote.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-16

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H.R. 717 Listing Reform Act, October 3, 2017

H.R. 717 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Pete Olson (R)

Texas's 22nd District

H.R. 717 eliminates important deadlines in the Endangered Species Act that help federal agencies to determine the status of species that may need the Act’s protections. The bill allows the Interior and Commerce Secretaries to ignore science and delay action to protect species based on economic concern. H.R.717 also prohibits agencies from prioritizing protection of vulnerable species over removing protections for recovered ones. A vote in favor of this bill is an anti-conservation vote.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

22-13

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 424, Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017, October 3, 2017

H.R. 424 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Collin Peterson (D)

Minnesota's 7th District

This bill requires the Department of the Interior to reissue two rules that removed protections under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 for the gray wolf populations located in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes. In addition, this bill prohibits judicial review of the reissued rules. A vote in favor of this bill is an anti-conservation vote.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

24-15

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 3131, Endangered Species Litigation Reasonableness Act, October 3, 2017

H.R. 3131 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Bill Huizenga (R)

Michigan's 2nd District

H.R. 3131 would place an unreasonable cap on the recovery of attorneys’ fees in suits brought under the Endangered Species Act. The bill would make it difficult for many citizens to obtain effective legal representation—undermining enforcement of the law. The bill would also establish a dangerous precedent, threatening fee?recovery provisions in other environmental laws. A vote in favor of this bill is an anti-conservation vote.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

22-16

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 3668, SHARE Act, September 12, 2017

H.R. 3668 - Bill Text

 

Sponsor: Jeff Duncan (R)

South Carolina's 3rd District

H.R. 3668 includes language that would undermine multiple bedrock conservation laws such as the Endangered Species Act, the Wilderness Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. This bill failed to include important bipartisan authorizations sought by outdoor enthusiasts, including the reauthorization of the LWCF. Instead, the bill focuses on fulfilling the gun lobby’s wish list by seeking to deregulated silencers and armor-piercing bullets, relax rules on importing deadly weapons, and override commonsense prohibitions on guns at Army Corps of Engineers recreational facilities like Lake Mead. Crafted without Democratic input, the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act of 2017” would make us less safe and result in habitat loss and ecosystem destruction, meaning fewer animals to hunt and fewer places to do it. A vote for this bill is an anti-conservation vote.

 Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

22-13

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

 

This amendment would have permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund, including a minimum of $10 million per fiscal year to promote access to recreational activities, such as hunting and fishing, on U.S. public lands. A vote in favor of this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

   Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

15-20

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Amendment No. 2

Sponsor: 

Alan Lowenthal (D)

California's 47th District

 

This amendment would have rescinded the inappropriate veto powers over Federal fishing rules granted to states to ensure that the interests of all Americans are considered instead of just a handful of stakeholders in one state. A vote in favor of this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

   Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

14-23

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: 

Jimmy Gomez (D)

California's 34th District

 

This amendment would have removed the language from H.R. 3668 that authorizes temporary road construction and other activities to facilitate mechanized transportation in wilderness areas—a flagrant violation of the Wilderness Act. A vote in favor of this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

13-23

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 4

Sponsor: 

Don Beyer (D)

Virginia's 8th District

 

This amendment would have continued protections of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes area under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and eliminated language from H.R. 3668 that would prevent judges from reviewing decisions to remove ESA protections from Gray Wolves in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming. A vote for this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

13-22

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 5

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

Arizona's 3rd District

 

This amendment would have required the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to conduct a study to determine the effect a border wall would have on outdoor recreational activities, such as hunting and fishing. A vote in favor of this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

12-22

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 6

Sponsor: 

Niki Tsongas (D)

Massachusetts's 3rd District

 

This amendment would have added a section to H.R. 3668 to reinforce the Secretary of the Interior’s authority to consider climate change while making decisions related to conservation and recreation on Federal land. A vote in favor of this amendment is a pro-conservation vote.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

13-21

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 7

Sponsor: 

Don Young (R)

Alaska's At Large District

 

This amendment alters H.R. 3668 to allow heinous forms of predator persecution on Federal land such as using bait to attract and kill bears, spotlighting black bears and shooting them in their dens, and killing wolves during their denning season. The amendment also grants Alaskan agencies veto power over federal conservation policies on Federal lands owned by all Americans. A vote in favor of this amendment is an anti-conservation vote.

Oppose

This amendment is BAD for the environment

 
Passed

21-14

 

 Roll Call Link
 

H.R. 2075, Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act (Federal Lands), July 26, 2017

H.R. 2075 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Greg Walden (R)

Oregon's 2nd District
This bill releases 832 acres from two Wilderness Study Areas on Bureau of Land Management land in Oregon, which will allow easier access for projects designed to reduce wildfire risk at the Crooked River Ranch housing development. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

20-13

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

Section 3(b) of the bill prohibits future consideration of the 832 acres for wilderness characteristics. The amendment by Ranking Grijalva aimed to remove this unnecessary section from the bill. Adoption of this amendment would have turned the bill into a non-controversial bi-partisan effort. Unfortunately, it was rejected by Committee Republicans.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
Failed

14-19

Roll Call Link

 
 

H.R. 2083, Endangered Salmon and Fisheries Predation Prevention Act (Water, Power and Oceans), July 26, 2017

H.R. 2083 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Jaime Herrera Beutler (R)

Washington's 3rd District
A vote for H.R. 2083 is an anti-conservation vote. The bill would allow three states and five tribes to kill up to 920 sea lions in the Columbia River system without any evidence that the animals killed were having an impact on fish populations. In addition, the bill would exempt sea lion killing from review under NEPA and allow killing of sea lions for eating not only threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead, but also other fish, including non-native predators like striped bass and pike that harm salmon stocks.  Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

21-14

Roll Call Link

 
H.R. 2423, Washington County, Utah Public Lands Management Implementation Act (Federal Lands), July 26, 2017
 

H.R. 2423 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Chris Stewart (R)

Utah's 2nd District

This bill allows for the construction of a road through the Red Cliffs National Conversation Area. 

Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

19-15

Roll Call Link

 
H.R. 3115, Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act (Federal Lands), July 26, 2017
 

H.R. 3115 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Richard Nolan (R)

Minnesota's 8th District

This bill ratifies a land exchange that will facilitate the constructi3281

n of an open pit copper mine in the Superior National Forest.  

Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

26-10

Roll Call Link

 
H.R. 3281, Reclamation Title Transfer and Non-Federal Infrastructure Incentivization Act (Federal Lands), July 26, 2017
 

H.R. 3281 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Doug Lamborn (R)

Colorado's 5th District
H.R. 3281 would authorize de facto privatization of federal water infrastructure across the Western United States. H.R. 3281 also fails to ensure fair taxpayer compensation for lost assets, fails to require consultation with all affected stakeholders – such as tribes, fishing groups, and environmental and recreation interests – before a federal asset is transferred, and encourages poorly planned title transfers that have the potential to harm the environment. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

17-12

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 218, King Cove Road Land Exchange Act (Federal Lands), July 20, 2017

H.R. 218 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Don Young (R)

Alaska's At-large District
H.R. 218 mandates construction of a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness.  Construction of the road will cause irreparable damage to the ecological resources of the refuge and wilderness area and destroy wildlife habitat. H.R. 218 sets a dangerous precedent for public land giveaways and undermines a number of bedrock conservation laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Wilderness Act and the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-14

Roll Call Link

Passed

248-179

Roll Call Link

 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: Niki Tsongas (D)

Massachusetts' 4th District

This amendment would have required the State of Alaska to return federal money used to buy a hovercraft that was intended to provide transportation options in King Cove, Alaska, before allowing construction of the road through a national wildlife refuge.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

   Failed

190-234

Roll Call Link

Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

 This amendment would have required a mitigation plan to offset the environmental damage of building the road. Republicans voted it down. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 
   Failed

167-260

Roll Call Link

H.R. 23, Gaining Responsibility On Water Act, July 12, 2017

H.R. 23 - Bill Text

Sponsor: David Valadao (R)

California's 21st District

H.R. 23 weakens protections for endangered and commercial fisheries that support thousands of fishing jobs across the West Coast. These protections are gutted to redistribute limited water supplies, primarily to large industrial farming operations in one area of California. The bill also effectively repeals the restoration of California’s second longest river, and preempts state and federal laws that mandate restoration of the San Joaquin River and its native salmon runs. Taken together, the bill’s provisions preempt state law, jeopardize fishing industry jobs, weaken bedrock environmental laws and provide no new water.

Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

230-190

Roll Call Link

Amendment No. 5

Sponsor: Mark DeSaulnier (D)

California's 11th District

This amendment would permit a review of existing best practices and technologies worldwide for the capture and reuse of wastewater. The amendment would support the use of new technologies to grow our nation’s water supply.

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

  Failed

201-220

Roll Call Link

H.R. 2936, Resilient Federal Forests Act, June 27, 2017

H.R. 2936 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Bruce Westerman (R)

Arkansas' 4th District

H.R. 2936 is a sweeping piece of legislation that undermines key environmental safeguards and creates barriers to public participation in national forest management decisions in order to expedite timber sales. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-12

Roll Call Link

 
 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: A. Donald McEachin (D)

Virginia's 4th District

 

This amendment would have removed a harmful provision designed to weaken the Endangered Species Act. 

Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

11-22

Roll Call Link

  
 
 

Amendment No. 2

Sponsor: 

Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

 

This amendment would have removed a provision designed to weaken the conservasation objectives of the Cascade-Sisiskyou National Monument, which was established under the Antiquities Act by President Clinton and expanded by President Obama.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

12-23

Roll Call Link

 
 
 

Amendment No. 3

Sponsor: Colleen Hanabusa (D)

Hawaii's 1st District

By limiting project analysis options, Section 101 of the bill guts a key component of the environmental review provisions the National Environmental Policy Act. This amendment aimed to strike this section from the bill. It was voted down by Republicans.   Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

12-23

Roll Call Link

 
 
H.R. 1399, American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act (Energy and Mineral Resources), June 27, 2017

H.R. 1399 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Paul Cook (R)

California's 8th District

This bill cuts the royalty rate for soda ash by two-thirds for a five-year period, providing an unnecessary giveaway of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to a healthy industry. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

27-9

Roll Call Link

 

H.R. 2939, Water Supply Rights Protection Act, June 27, 2017

H.R. 2939 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Scott Tipton (R)

Colorado's 3rd District

H.R. 2939 would prevent federal agencies from placing any limits on water use when issuing federal permits or approvals, if the use is recognized under state law. This would threaten the water rights of Indian Tribes and would allow water users to leave rivers and streams on public land dry. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

24-14

Roll Call Link

 
 

Amendment No. 1

Sponsor: Norma Torres (D)

California's 35th District

 This amendment would provide some legal protection for tribes against the threat posed by H.R. 23 to Indian water rights.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-22

Roll Call Link

 
 
H.R. 1654, Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act (Water, Power and Oceans), June 22, 2017
 

H.R. 1654 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Tom McClintock (R)

California's 4th District

This bill would impose arbitrary deadlines for completing key environmental reviews for new dams and creates an ill-conceived new review process that fails to overlap with the existing review process established under key laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

 Passed

24-16

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 Passed

233-180

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Ammendment No.2

            Sponsor: Alan Lowenthal (D)

                  California's 47th District

This amendment would require proposed new dams to go through the normal project review process if the Secretary of the Interior determines they would cause harm to commercial fisheries. This amendment would protect economically important fisheries and sustain thousands of jobs across the West Coast.

 Oppose

This amendment is BAD for the environment

   Failed

179-232

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H.R. 1873, Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act (Water, Power, Oceans; Federal Lands), June 21, 2017

H.R. 1873 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Doug LaMalfa (R)

California's 1st District

This bill allows state and local governments and private organizations to override federal management of U.S. public lands. In addition, it would weaken environmental safeguards under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for forest thinning projects and shift liability for wildfire damages from utility corporations to taxpayers. The sponsor claims the bill addresses the threat of wildfires posed by dying trees and overgrown vegetation on and adjacent to electricity transmission rights-of-way (ROWs), but the bill would do little to address the threat because the ROW maintenance plans described in the bill are voluntary and owners of transmission lines can already work with Federal land managers to develop such plans. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

24-14

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 Passed

300-118

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Ammendment No.1

            Sponsor: Salud Carbajal (D)

                  California's 24th District

This amendment would ensure that up-front vegetation management plans are required – not voluntary – and be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture for utilities holding transmission rights-of-way on public lands. This amendment would help the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management improve their coordination and effectiveness in addressing the threats of wildfires caused by fire hazard vegetation on public lands. Oppose

This amendment is BAD for the environment

   Failed

171-243

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H.R. 1769, San Luis Unit Drainage Resolution Act (Water, Power and Oceans), April 27, 2017

H.R. 1769 - Bill Text

Sponsor: David Valadao (R)

California's 21st District

H.R. 1769 would approve a flawed settlement agreement that waives $375 million currently owed to taxpayers by the Westlands Water District in California. The bill fails to include key safeguards to ensure that toxic drainage water from the Westlands Water District does not threaten California's environment and natural resources. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

23-16

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Ammendment No.1

            Sponsor: Jared Huffman (D)

                  California's 2nd District

This amendment requires any official or employee of the executive branch to recuse themselves fromthe implementation of the Westlands settlement agreement if they awere registered as a Federal lobbyist for Westlands in the past 5 years.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

16-24

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Ammendment No.2

            Sponsor: Jared Huffman (D)

                  California's 2nd District

This amendment requires any official or employee of the executive branch to recuse themselves from the implementation of the Westlands settlement agreement if they were registered as a Federal lobbyist for Westlands in the past 5 years. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

 Failed

16-24

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Ammendment No.3

            Sponsor: Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                  Arizona's 3rd District

This amendment requires the Departments of Justice, Interior, and the Office of Management and Budget to affirm that the financial benefits of enacting the Westlands settlement agreement outweigh the costs before H.R. 1769 takes effect.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

16-24

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H.R. 1807, Public Water Supply Invasive Species Compliance Act (Water, Power and Oceans), April 27, 2017

H.R. 1807 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Louie Gohmert (R)

Texas's 1st District

This bill would weaken the Lacey Act -- a bedrock conservation law and our strongest tool to prevent the spread of environmentally and economically destructive invasive species. The bill would allow transfers of water contaminated with invasive species across state lines undermining state and federal efforts to control or eradicate the species. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

Passed

19-17

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Ammendment No.1

            Sponsor: Alan Lowenthal (D)

                   California's 47th District

This amendment would require any water transfers exempted from the Lacy Act to be conveyed through a closed system and that any invasive species in the water be eradicated at a treatment facility before it enters another water body. This is the standard the Committee has required for Lacy Act exemptions the past to prevent harming the environment and taxpayers. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

17-21

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H.J. Res. 69, Repeal of the F&WS Wildlife Protection Rule, February 16, 2017

H.J.Res 69 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Don Young (R)

Alaska's At-large District

This Congressional Review Act resolution abolishes a 2016 Fish & Wildlife Service rule that prohibits Alaska's so-called "predator control" activities on National Wildlife Refuge lands. Alaska's 16 national wildlife refuges conserve over 76 million acres of habitat, are supported by U.S. taxpayer dollars, and belong to all Americans -- not just inhabitants of the state. The rule, which applies to a relatively small portion of the available hunting lands in Alaska, prohibits the use of some of the most decimating and inhumane killing tactics on Refuges. The tactics include killing black and brown bear cubs or mothers with cubs, killing brown bears over bait, killing wolves and wolf pups in their dens, and shooting bears from a helicopter. The rule prevents American's wildlife refuges from being subjected to the state's predator control program that is not based on sound science and is not supported by the majority of Alaskans. Abolishing the F&WS rule gives away control of our public lands to state and private interests all while making it easier to slaughter wildlife.  Oppose

This resolution is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

225-193

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H.R. 428, Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, February 14, 2017
H.R. 428 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Mac Thornberry (R)

Texas's 13th District

H.R. 428 removes the Federal Government's survey authority along 116 miles of the Red River, hands authority for the survey over to Texas and Oklahoma, and forces the government to accept the survey results completed by the states. If this wasn't bad enough, American taxpayers are required to cover the $1 million cost. The bill is one more Republican effort to transfer public lands to state and private ownership for the benefit of special interests. Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

250-171

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H.J. Res. 44, Repeal of the Public Lands Planning Rule, February 7, 2017
H.J.Res 44 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Liz Cheney (R)

Wyoming's At-large District

This Congressional Review Act resolution abolishes a 2016 Bureau of Land Management rule known as Planning 2.0 that updates a 30-year-old public lands planning process. Planning 2.0 facilitates public participation, requires the best available science, and directs a landscape level approach to plan design, in order to better respond to climate change. These reforms make the planning process more nimble, transparent, and efficient. Planning 2.0 was developed with significant public input, including 3,354 public comments to the draft proposal. Scrapping this planning process will cost taxpayers money, and allows special interests like the oil and gas industry to continue to benefit from closed door deals and an antiquated decision-making process. Oppose

This resolution is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

234-186

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Natural Resources Committee Oversight Plan for the 115th Congress, February 7, 2017

Committee Oversight Plan

Text

Sponsor: Rob Bishop (R)

Utah's 1st District

The Committee has oversight responsibilities to determine whether laws and programs addressing subjects within its jurisdiction are being implemented in accordance with the intent of Congress to determine whether they should be continued, reformed or curtailed. The Oversight Plan outlines the initial, primary focuses of the Committee during the 115th Congress.   Passed  

Ammendment No.1

            Sponsor: Alan Lowenthal (D)

                   California's 47th District

Modifies the existing oversight language on climate change to acknowledge that human activity is a major contributor to the problem.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-22

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Ammendment No.2

            Sponsor: Jared Huffman (D)

                   California's 2nd District

States that the Committee will conduct oversight to protect American taxpayers from cases of self-dealing by Administration officials, including the President.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-21

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Ammendment No.3

            Sponsor: Don Beyer, Jr. (D)

                   Virginia's 8th District

States the Committee will conduct oversight of the connections between illegal natural resources harvesting and trafficking and transnational organized crime, terrorism, and human rights abuses.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

15-19

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Ammendment No.4

           Sponsor: Colleen Hanabusa (D)

                  Hawaii's 1st District

States that the Committee will conduct oversight into the episodes of violent extremism on public lands, and explore ways to prevent such actions from happening in the future. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

14-20

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Ammendment No.5

        Sponsor: A. Donald McEachin (D)

                   Virginia's 4th District

States that the Committee will conduct oversight of the ways that minority, low-income, rural, tribal and indigenous populations are impacted by issues within the Committee's jurisdiction. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

14-19

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Natural Resources Committee Rules for the 115th Congress, February 7, 2017

Committee Rules  

Text

Sponsor: Rob Bishop (R)

Utah's 1st District

The Committee Rules dictate the process and manner of how the Committee operates and conducts business, including hearing procedures, subcommittee jurisdictions, and committee reports.     Passed

21-13

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Ammendment No.1

            Sponsor: Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                   Arizona's 3rd District

Requires that committee reports include an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office of the fair market value for any federal land that has been proposed for sale or exchange. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

12-22

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Ammendment No.2

            Sponsor: Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

                    Arizona's 3rd District

Requires that all materials that the Committee receives in response to a Committee subpoena be considered official committee records. This would mean that subpoenaed materials were the property of the House and all Members would have access to them in accordance with House Rules.   Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

13-21

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Ammendment No.3

            Sponsor: Jared Huffman (D)

                    California's 2nd District

Requires that any civilian witness invited to testify, who is appointed by the President, will disclose any financial connection that exists between themselves and any entity that's directly related to the subject of the hearing. Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

Failed

12-21

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H.J.Res 36, Repeal of the BLM Methane Waste Prevention Rule, February 3, 2017
H.J.Res 36Bill Text

Sponsor: Rob Bishop (R)

Utah's 1st District

Through the use of the Congressional Review Act, this resolution abolishes a 2016 Interior Department rule that updates 36-year-old methane pollution regulations. The new Methane Waste Prevention Rule addresses the intentional release, intentional burning, and leakage of natural gas (methane) from new and existing oil and gas facilities on federal lands. The rule would save up to 41 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year, enough to supply up to 740,000 households and bring in up to $14 million in additional royalties to states and the federal treasury. Additionally, the rule would help prevent methane pollution that contributes to climate change and ground-level ozone, which pollutes our air and can cause and exacerbate asthma attacks in children. Repealing this rule eliminates a protection for clean air, the climate, and ordinary taxpayers and gives a handout to Republicans' wealthy industry friends.   Oppose

This resolution is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

221-191

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H.J.Res 38, Repeal of the Interior Department Stream Protection Rule, February 1, 2017
H.J.Res 38 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Bill Johnson (R)

Ohio's 6th District

Through the use of the Congressional Review Act, this resolution abolishes a 2016 Interior Department rule that updates 30-year-old coal mining regulations. The new Stream Protection Rule was designed to protect people and the environment from the adverse impacts of coal mining, such as buried streams, floods, and subsidence. It's estimated that the Stream Protection Rule would protect or restore roughly 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests over two decades, and create approximately 156 new full-time jobs. Repealing this protective rule subjects coal communities to more polluted water and ill health.    Oppose

This resolution is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

228-194

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H.R. 26, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, January 5, 2017


H.R. 26 - Bill Text

Sponsor: Doug Collins (R)

Georgia's 9th District

This bill would give Congress the power to veto any regulation with an estimated economic impact of $100 million or more, regardless of the associated benefits for public health, safety, or the environment. Taking the authority to implement laws away from expert executive branch agencies is not only unconstitutional; it gives big corporate polluters yet another advantage over regular people.  Oppose

This bill is BAD for the environment

 

Passed

237-187

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Ammendment No.3

            Sponsor: Raúl M. Grijalva (D)

Arizona's 3rd District

This amendment would have required an analysis of the carbon pollution associated with any regulation, as well as the impacts on low income and rural communities likely to be negatively impacted by the rule. The health and welfare of the American people is more important than the health of big corporations' bottom lines.  Support

This amendment is GOOD for the environment

  Failed

193-230

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