1996 Scorecard Vote

Livestock and Environmental Standards
Senate Roll Call Vote 15
Issues: Water, Lands/Forests

Livestock farms raising poultry, cattle, and hogs produce animal waste runoff and create a serious water pollution hazard. While the Clean Water Act regulates large livestock producers, the law exempts small and medium-sized operators.

The Senate version of the 1996 Farm Bill, S. 1541, created an Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) to provide financial assistance to all livestock producers, regardless of size, to reduce animal waste-based pollution. In an effort to target the funds to those farmers most in need of financial assistance, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) offered an amendment to limit EQUIP assistance to small and medium-sized livestock farms.

On February 7, 1996, the Senate agreed to the Harkin amendment, 57 - 39. YES is the pro-environment vote.

is the
pro-environment position
Votes For: 57  
Votes Against: 39  
Not Voting: 4  
Pro-environment vote
Anti-environment vote
Missed vote
Not applicable
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