1977 Scorecard Vote
Public Works Appropriations (HR 7553). The vote is on the McIntyre amendment to eliminate the seven water projects remaining on President Carter's hit list that were kept in the Appropriations Committee bill. All these projects were environmentally destructive and fiscally irresponsible. They would inundate prime farmland, scenic valleys and wildlife habitat for alleged flood control or recreational benefits. Some claim inflated benefits from flat-water recreation while destroying the recreational benefits of a free flowing river. Most couldn't be justified economically except through the use of outdated and unrealistic interest races in calculating their cost/benefit ratios,and often they benefit a select few at the expense of a larger group. The President supported the amendment, as did environmentalists. Rejected 34-52; June 30, 1977. Yes is the correct vote.