1994 Voto de la Tarjeta de Evaluaciones
Despite massive pollution problems associated with the mining and use of coal, the Department of Energy has traditionally spent vast sums on research and development (R&D) for coal technologies. For Fiscal Year 1995, however, the Department of Energy (DOE) recommended reducing federal funding for coal R&D. But the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee rejected the recommendation; instead, it voted to increase funding for coal R&D -- while simultaneously cutting Clinton's budget request for energy efficiency programs.
When the Fiscal Year 1995 Interior Appropriations bill (H.R. 4602) came before the full House, Reps. Scott Klug (R-WI), Gerald Kleczka (D-WI), and Jim Ramstad (R-MN) offered an amendment to reduce coal R&D funding to the amount originally requested by DOE. The amendment called for cutting $27 million from funds earmarked for coal R&D, returning the funding level to $128 million.
On June 23, 1994, the House rejected the Klug (et. al.) amendment by a vote of 182 - 242. YES is the pro-environment vote.