2019 Scorecard Vote
Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) offered an amendment to H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill funding various government agencies, which would halt the Trump administration’s attempt to open up Alaska’s majestic Tongass National Forest to private logging by disallowing roads to be built using taxpayer dollars in the old-growth wilderness. For decades, the timber industry has quietly benefited from hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies, much of which has covered costs associated with building logging roads in the Tongass National Forest that serve no other public purpose. On June 20, the House approved the Blumenauer amendment by a vote of 243-188 (House roll call vote 382). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 3055, with the Blumenauer amendment attached, on June 25. The Blumenauer amendment was not included in any appropriations bills that became law.