1987 Scorecard Vote
The vote is to ensure continued protection for the Leopard Darter, a threatened species of fish. When the House of Representatives was considering amendments to the Endangered Species Act, Rep. Wes Watkins (D-OK) proposed an amendment to remove the Leopard Darter from the protected list.
Although the Leopard Darter was holding up no projects, Watkins said that he felt that its presence on the list had contributed to the likely demise of any potential economic development plans for the area. Conservationists argued that the amendment constituted a disastrous precedent for removing protection from threatened and endangered species.
The amendment was rejected 136-273 on December 17, 1987. NO is the pro-environmental vote.