1993 Scorecard Vote
On the recommendation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge is being established in Sacramento County, California, to preserve and restore a wide variety of native plant communities and their associated wildlife. The land is being purchased from land owners willing to sell, with funds appropriated by Congress from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA) offered an amendment to the fiscal 1994 Interior Appropriations bill to strike $1 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to prevent acquisition of Stone Lakes Refuge. Rep. Pombo and other opponents of the refuge argued that its creation would infringe on private property rights despite the stipulation that no land would be purchased from unwilling sellers. The Pombo amendment was rejected 174-246 on July 15, 1993. NO is the pro-environmental vote.