2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) sponsored H.R. 3408-the so-called PIONEERS Act that was a part of the House transportation package-which would increase America's oil dependence by mandating drilling in the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and in the Rocky Mountain West. At the same time, it would weaken already inadequate rules governing offshore drilling. The bill also would mandate approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, even though it had been denied by President Obama, lacked a route, would increase global warming pollution, and would threaten communities and ecosystems. On February 16, the House approved H.R. 3408 by a vote of 237-187 (House roll call vote 71). NO IS THE PROENVIRONMENT VOTE. The provisions in H.R. 3408 were not included in the compromise transportation bill-H.R. 4348, MAP-21-which President Obama signed into law on July 6.