2018 Recent Vote
Representative Steve Pearce (R-NM) offered an amendment to H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, which would block federal funding for the endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). By blocking funding, this amendment attacks recovery efforts for the rare southwestern subspecies, which has suffered a significant reduction in occupied localities due to habitat loss and fragmentation throughout its range. Recovery programs that require funding include development and approval of Habitat Conservation Plans, a crucial aspect of the species recovery under the ESA. Overall, this amendment is an attack on the ESA that sets a dangerous precedent. On July 18, 2018 the House rejected Rep. Pearce's amendment to H.R. 6147 by a vote of 206-209 (House roll call vote 353). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.