2012 Scorecard Vote
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered an amendment to S. 1813, the Senate transportation bill titled the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which would put virtually every U.S. coastline at risk by expanding offshore drilling with no consideration of environmental impacts. The amendment would cut the public out of the review process and reinstate President Bush's 2010-2015 five year leasing plan, which even Bush administration officials said lacked important environmental safeguards and required additional vetting. This drilling expansion could harm billion-dollar coastal industries and undermine military activities in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia and would fail to accomplish the amendment's purported goal of raising significant revenue for roads and bridges. It would also fail to reduce the price at the pump since oil prices are set on a global market. On March 8, the Senate rejected the Vitter amendment by a vote of 43-55 (Senate roll call vote 28). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.