2011 Scorecard Vote
Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) offered this amendment to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, to block implementation of the Equal Access to Justice Act, a critical statute signed into law by President Reagan. The law, which gives Americans the right to recover attorney fees if they prevail in court, has helped hold federal agencies accountable when they violate environmental, health, and safety laws. On February 17, the House adopted the Lummis amendment by a vote of 232-197 (House roll call vote 85). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Fortunately, the language in this amendment was not included in the compromise appropriations bill that funded the government through the end of FY11, H.R. 1473, which the president signed into law on April 15.