2012 Scorecard Vote
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) 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 amount to the largest increase in funding for restoration and conservation in a generation. The amendment included the RESTORE Act, legislation ensuring that penalties paid by BP and others responsible for the catastrophic 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are used to rebuild and restore Gulf Coast communities and habitats. It would also fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a record level of $700 million a year for two years. On March 8, the Senate approved the Nelson amendment by a vote of 76-22 (Senate roll call vote 32). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The RESTORE Act was included-while unfortunately the LWCF funding provision was not-in the compromise transportation bill (H.R. 4348, MAP-21), which President Obama signed into law on July 6.