1993 Scorecard Vote
In contrast to the Senate's decision (see Senate vote No. 12) to continue funding the environmentally unfriendly Advanced Solid Rocket Motor (ASRM) as a new space shuttle booster, the House voted overwhelmingly earlier in the year to terminate funding. However, the House-Senate conference committee on the VA, HUD, and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill sided with the Senate's recommendations. In response, Reps. James Hansen (R-UT) and Scott Klug (R-WI) led the fight to reject the procedure for considering the conference report because it did not allow a separate vote to terminate the booster rocket.
The key vote was on whether to adopt the rule on the conference report that allowed no separate vote on continuing to fund the ASRM. The rule was defeated 123-305 on October 6, 1993. NO is the pro-environmental vote. (A revised rule was subsequently adopted that allowed a separate vote to terminate the ASRM and transfer $15 million of the savings to the EPA Superfund cleanup program.)