2017 Recent Vote
Representative Don Young (R-AK) introduced H.R. 218, the King Cove Road Land Exchange Act, a radical bill that allows a road to be built through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge and Izembek Wilderness without environmental review. H.R. 218 de-designates and transfers hundreds of acres of the refuge in exchange for lower quality state land and allows for a single-lane gravel road through the previously protected land. Building the road through the refuge and critical wetlands is a misguided attack that sets an alarming precedent for wildlife refuges and wilderness areas throughout the country, especially since most of the transferred area is land protected under the Wilderness Act – the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. The proposed road would be built through critical lands that protect key habitat for species including bears, caribou, salmon, and many different species of birds (including most of the world’s population of Pacific black brant and emperor geese). On July 20, the House approved H.R. 218 by a vote of 248-179 (House roll call vote 406). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.