2017 Recent Vote
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sponsored S.Amdt. 1301 to S.Amdt. 1116 to H.Con.Res. 71, the Republican leadership’s budget resolution. This amendment would remove the budget reconciliation instructions that pave the way to drilling in the pristine and sacred Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other harmful drilling provisions attached to the already egregious tax bill. The indigenous Gwich’in people call the Arctic Refuge’s coastal plain “the sacred place where life begins,” reflecting the importance and the need to protect this special place. This provision is being included in an attempt to generate $1 billion in government revenue to somehow justify the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy, but multiple analyses show that it is unlikely to raise anywhere close to even that amount. On October 19, the Senate rejected S.Amdt. 1301 by a vote of 48-52 (Senate roll call vote 243). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.