2015 Scorecard Vote
House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Michael Simpson (R-ID) sponsored H.R. 2028, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, which moves us backward on energy policy by slashing funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency while boosting funding for dirty fossil fuels. Although the impacts of climate change are already being felt around the country, this bill’s report language attacks 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 a number of damaging policy riders, including ones that would limit the Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to safeguard waters that feed the public drinking water systems of one in three Americans as well as prevent the implementation of the National Ocean Policy to more efficiently coordinate the many government agencies involved in managing our ocean resources. On May 1, the House approved H.R. 2028 by a vote of 240-177 (House roll call vote 215). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.