1980 Scorecard Vote
H.R. 6974. The vote is on the Marriott amendment to prevent the Air Force from taking over and using public lands to deploy the MX Missile system until the Secretary of Defense had written a report describing in detail (1) the social, economic and environmental impact of the MX on the area's resources and people; (2) the amount of public land to be closed to the public; (3) proposals for easing the impact of the MX on the region; and (4) the feasibility of basing the system in other states. Local citizens were rightfully concerned that the Air Force had not been candid about the project and that its assessment of environmental impacts was shoddy. For example, the Air Force has not discussed ways in which the project might threaten the region's groundwater. Rejected 135-268. May 21, 1980. YES is the correct vote.