1991 Scorecard Vote

Wild and Scenic Rivers
House Roll Call Vote 87
Issues: Lands/Forests, Water, Wildlife

The Niobrara River is recognized by scientists and conservationists alike as a nationally significant river; therefore, adding the Niobrara to the Wild and Scenic Rivers System is an issue of national importance.

The Niobrara Valley is referred to as "the biological crossroads of the nation." Here, typically western vegetation meets vegetation commonly found in the East. At the 100th Meridian, which cuts across the designated segment of the river, six separate types of habitat exist within a few miles of each other. This ecologically diverse area provides critical habitat for whooping cranes, terns, and piping plovers, as well as major wintering sites for bald eagles. Prior to designation, the Niobrara was carefully studied by government agencies at all levels, university scientists, and private conservation organizations; all were unified in their support for the protection of this valuable river.

The vote is on Representative Bill Barrett's (R NE-3) substitute amendment to eliminate the designation of the Niobrara River as part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, and instead require a three-year study for possible future designation of such segments of the river. These provisions would have delayed, and might have ultimately removed, protection for key areas of the river and would have seriously damaged the proposed river protection program.

The Barrett Amendment was rejected 109-293 on May 14, 1991. NO is the pro-environment vote.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 109  
Votes Against: 293  
Not Voting: 29  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
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Representative Party District Vote
Bevill, TomDAL-04 
Young, DonRAK-AL 
Kyl, JonRAZ-04 
Stark, PeteDCA-09 
Lantos, TomDCA-11 
Condit, GaryDCA-15 
Lewis, JerryRCA-35 
Packard, RonRCA-43 
Hefley, JoelRCO-05 
Carper, TomDDE-AL 
Shaw, ClayRFL-15 
Jones, BenDGA-04 
Savage, GusDIL-02 
Hyde, HenryRIL-06 
Cox, John W.DIL-16 
Durbin, DickDIL-20 
Roberts, PatRKS-01 
Meyers, JanRKS-03 
Bunning, JimRKY-04 
Markey, EdDMA-07 
Upton, FredRMI-04 
Camp, DaveRMI-10 
Taylor, GeneDMS-05 
Skelton, IkeDMO-04 
Price, DavidDNC-04 
McEwen, BobROH-06 
AuCoin, LesDOR-01 
Wyden, RonDOR-03 
Yatron, GusDPA-06 
Reed, JackDRI-02 
Cooper, JimDTN-04 
Chapman, JimDTX-01 
Hall, RalphRTX-04 
Barton, JoeRTX-06 
Archer, BillRTX-07 
DeLay, TomRTX-22 
Armey, DickRTX-26 
Bliley, TomRVA-03 
Wolf, FrankRVA-10 
Foley, TomDWA-05 
Dicks, NormDWA-06 
Rahall, NickDWV-04 
Moody, JimDWI-05 
Petri, TomRWI-06