2017 Scorecard Vote
Representative Tom Emmer (R-MN) sponsored H.R. 3905, the Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act, which would allow mining on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and undermine key environmental protections for the Boundary Waters, Voyageurs National Park, and the Superior and Chippewa National Forests. Among many harmful provisions, H.R. 3905 would waive normal environmental review and public input requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and it would grant two federal mineral leases that were previously denied by the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. This legislation would also add significant barriers to permanently protecting areas as national monuments under the Antiquities Act in Minnesota’s national forests. On November 30, the House approved H.R. 3905 by a vote of 216-204 (House roll call vote 643). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.