2016 Scorecard Vote
House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Ken Calvert (R-CA) sponsored H.R. 5538, the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, a spending bill that ought to be about dollars and cents, and yet it contained more than 30 anti-environmental policy riders. The riders included attacks on the federal government’s ability to set commonsense limits on carbon pollution from power plants, protect the drinking water of one in three people in the United States, and create new parks. Besides containing ideological, poison-pill riders that simply have no place in a spending bill, this legislation significantly slashed funding for key environmental programs and agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. On July 14, the House approved H.R. 5538 by a vote of 231-196 (House roll call vote 477). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.