2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative John Fleming (R-LA) offered an amendment to H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, which would eliminate funding in the bill to help repair damage that Hurricane Sandy inflicted on the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. The McKinney refuge, which is comprised of nearly a dozen islands and onshore sites stretched across 70 miles of Connecticut's coastline, provides important resting, feeding, and nesting habitat for numerous species of migratory birds, including the endangered roseate tern. During Hurricane Sandy, the McKinney refuge sustained severe damage, including coastal erosion, and the refuge’s Outer Island research station suffered a damaged dock, seawall, and education building. The Fleming amendment singled out this refuge as ineligible for restoration. On January 15, the House approved the Fleming amendment by a vote of 216-205 (House roll call vote 19). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House and Senate subsequently passed H.R. 152 and President Obama signed this legislation into law on January 29.