2015 Scorecard Vote
Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) sponsored H.R. 702, which would lift the United States’ 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil. H.R. 702 would increase oil production by as much as 500,000 barrels per day, increasing the risk of drilling off our coasts, in the Arctic, and on our public lands. It would also increase carbon pollution while raising gas prices in the United States. On October 9, the House approved H.R. 702 by a vote of 261-159 (House roll call vote 549). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation. The crude oil export ban was lifted as part of H.R. 2029, the FY16 spending deal which President Obama signed into law on December 18.