1977 Scorecard Vote

Clinch River Nuclear Breeder Reactor II
House Roll Call Vote 534
Issue: Dirty Energy

ERDA Authorization (H.R. 6796). Vote is on the Coughlin amendment to prohibit the federal government from paying more than 50% of the cost overruns for the Clinch River project once the costs exceeded $2.5 billion, and to make industry bear the rest of the financial burden. In 1972, the cost projection for Clinch River was $500 million, to be divided evenly between government and industry, but Nixon persuaded Congress to limit the industry's share to its original $250 million no matter how great the cost overruns. Due to faulty site selection, design problems, inflation and mismanagement, costs have now soared to $2.2 billion. This amendment requires industry to share the burden only after costs exceed $2.5 billion. The nuclear industry bitterly opposed it. The amendment is important because it could set a precedent for the financing of other breeders. Rejected 196-206. September 21, 1977. YES is the correct vote.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 196  
Votes Against: 206  
Not Voting: 33  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
Representative Party District Vote
Bevill, TomDAL-04 
Young, DonRAK-AL 
Stark, PeteDCA-09 
Fuqua, DonDFL-02 
Frey, LouisRFL-09 
Hyde, HenryRIL-06 
Harkin, TomDIA-05 
Skubitz, JoeRKS-05 
Markey, EdDMA-07 
Nolan, RickDMN-06 
Lott, TrentRMS-05 
Skelton, IkeDMO-04 
Taylor, GeneRMO-07 
Watkins, WesROK-03 
AuCoin, LesDOR-01 
Yatron, GusDPA-06 
Jones, EdDTN-07 
Archer, BillRTX-07 
Meeds, LloydDWA-02 
Foley, TomDWA-05 
Dicks, NormDWA-06 
Rahall, NickDWV-04