2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) sponsored H.R. 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, which would severely undermine sustainable forest management policies and roll back critical environmental safeguards for our nation’s forests. This legislation would allow large-scale timber projects to skip needed environmental reviews and would expand exclusions ideally meant for non-controversial forest management practices. Additionally, the bill reduces public participation and input in the environmental review process, waives the ability of citizens to challenge harmful logging projects in court, and limits the rights of citizens to recover attorneys’ fees when they prevail in court. On November 1, the House approved H.R. 2936 by a vote of 232-188 (House roll call vote 598). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.