2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) sponsored a Motion to Instruct Conferees who were named to the House and Senate conference committee for S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015. This non-binding resolution instructed conferees to accept Section 5002 of the Energy Policy and Modernization Act—a permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with a minimum of 40 percent of appropriated funds dedicated to state projects and 40 percent dedicated to federal projects—for inclusion in the final conference report. Section 5002 also requires federal agencies to take into account management efficiencies, cost savings, urgency of proposed acquisitions, and other factors when choosing projects and dedicates 1.5 percent of the fund to increasing sportsmen’s access on public lands. LWCF is America’s premier conservation program and has helped increase park access and protect public lands in nearly every county in the nation for over 50 years. On May 25, the House rejected the Motion to Instruct Conferees by a vote of 205-212 (House roll call vote 264). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. S. 2012 did not become law.