1979 Scorecard Vote
House Resolution 38. The vote is on adoptions of the resolution to establish a House Select Committee on Population for the 96th Congress. In the past this Select Committee has played an important role in educating Members of Congress about the urgency of the world population problem. The Committee's Chairman Jim Sheuer held extensive hearings and issued reports showing that many nations with high birth rates still needed and benefited from foreign aid for family planning. As more people use ever more desperate ways of wringing a living from the earth, we are confronted with worldwide soil erosion, declining fisheries, encroaching deserts, and widespread famine even in countries not at war. The House periodically tries to reduce the number of its Select Committees, and so this vote reflects a lack of a sense of urgency rather than hostility toward family planning. Rejected 187-214. March 21, 1979. Yes is the correct vote.