2017 Recent Vote
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) sponsored S.Amdt. 1717 to S.Amdt. 1618 to H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. This amendment would remove the provisions that turn the pristine and sacred Arctic National Wildlife Refuge into an industrial oil field, 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 December 2, the Senate rejected S.Amdt. 1717 by a vote of 48-52 (Senate roll call vote 301). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.