1980 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 39. The vote is on the Melcher amendment to the Hart-Chafee amendment, which would have turned some of the national wildlife refuges into National Forest lands instead. This would open up the land to multiple use, including mining and commercial logging, rather than managing it for wildlife. The area in question is the winter range for the Porcupine caribou herd (largest in Alaska) and thus vital to the herd's survival. The Administration opposed Melcher. July 22, 1980. Rejected 30-66. NO is the correct vote.