2013 Scorecard Vote
Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) offered an amendment to H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, which would add an additional $33.67 billion to the bill to support and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. A portion of this assistance would be directed towards improving resiliency to future storms and minimizing future damage by rebuilding and investing in natural storm protections, such as national parks and refuges that house wetlands, dunes, and other natural flood barriers. It would also assist the United States Department of Agriculture in restoring damaged forestlands, as well as require the Army Corps of Engineers to reevaluate previously authorized projects to incorporate projections on climate change impacts, including extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy. The Frelinghuysen amendment was approved on January 15 by a vote of 228-192 (House roll call vote 22). YES 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.