2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) offered an amendment to H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, which would inhibit Hurricane Sandy response efforts by barring the Secretaries of the Interior or Agriculture from using any of the funds in the bill to purchase additional public lands. This would prohibit federal agencies from acquiring open spaces and natural features that could act as a buffer zone to lessen flooding, reduce wind intensity, and protect communities from future storms. It would also prevent the government from taking certain actions to restore damaged national parks, such as acquiring adjacent lands to create a new trailhead or parking lot if the previous access point was destroyed. On January 15, the House approved the Bishop amendment by a vote of 223-198 (House roll call vote 21). 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.