2014 Scorecard Vote
House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Michael Simpson (R-ID) introduced H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015, which moves us backward on energy and environmental policy by slashing funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency while boosting funding for dirty fossil fuel and nuclear generation technologies. Although the impacts of climate change are already being felt around the country, this bill attacks the science of climate change as well as the government’s ability to assess the real costs of climate change impacts and the benefits of improving energy efficiency and limiting carbon pollution. In addition, the bill contains damaging policy riders that would limit the Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to safeguard the waters Americans depend on for drinking, swimming, fishing, and flood protection. On July 10, the House approved H.R. 4923 by a vote of 253-170 (House roll call vote 402). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 83, the FY 15 spending deal (also referred to as the CRomnibus), which was signed into law by President Obama on December 16, included higher funding levels for renewable energy and energy efficiency; however, it also included several harmful policy riders.