2018 Scorecard 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 this rare southwestern subspecies, which has suffered a significant disappearance due to habitat loss and fragmentation throughout its range. Funded recovery programs require a 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 of inserting political considerations in what should be a science-based process. On July 18, the House rejected the Pearce amendment by a vote of 206-209 (House roll call vote 353). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.