1978 Scorecard Vote
(S 2899). The bill created a seven member Cabinet-level Commission to deal with conflicts between endangered species and projects. An agency with a project in conflict could present its case to this Commission and ask for an exemption. The vote is on the Scott amendment to allow four of the seven members to vote for an exemption from the law, instead of five as provided in the Culver-Baker bill. The Commission was composed of the Secretaries of the Army, Interior, and Agriculture, the Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, the Administrators of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Governor of the state in which the project was located. Given the differing views of these agencies, it would have been far more difficult to get five votes for an exemption than to get four. Environmentalists and the Administration opposed the Scott amendment. Rejected 23-69. July 19, 1978. No is the correct vote.