2017 Scorecard Vote
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) offered an amendment to H.Con.Res. 71, the Budget Resolution, which called for legislation to undermine the protection of plants and wildlife listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Lee amendment would strip federal safeguards for protected species found entirely within the borders of a single state, including all listed plants and animals in Hawaii. The fate of about 77 percent of all federally protected species would thus depend on state laws and funding, but states generally lack the programs and resources necessary to recover listed species and ultimately prevent their declines and extinctions. On October 19, the Senate rejected the Lee amendment by a vote of 49-51 (Senate roll call vote 242). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.