2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC) offered an amendment to H.R. 4089, the so-called Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012, which would severely limit the president's ability to set aside historic or culturally important federal lands as national monuments under the Antiquities Act. While previous presidents of both parties have used this law more than 100 times to preserve important landscapes, the Foxx amendment would require each state's governor and legislature to approve the declaration of a national monument before the president's action would become law. On April 17, the House approved the Foxx amendment by a vote of 223-198 (House roll call vote 162). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. H.R. 4089 subsequently passed the House, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.