2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) sponsored H.R. 1837, the so-called Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act, which would eliminate state and federal environmental protections for California's rivers, threatening the water quality in California's Bay-Delta estuary and the reliability of the state's water supplies. The bill prioritized the interests of large agribusinesses at the expense of commercial and recreational fishermen, Delta farmers, Delta communities, and urban residents. It would eliminate desperately-needed protections for salmon and native fisheries, threatening thousands of fishing jobs and millions of dollars of income; block a court-approved, bipartisan settlement that ended nearly twenty years of litigation over the San Joaquin River; and prevent the State of California from protecting state natural resources under state law and even under the state constitution. On February 29, the House approved H.R. 1837 by a vote of 246-175 (House roll call vote 91). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.