2012 Scorecard Vote
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts (R-KS) offered an amendment to S. 1813, the Senate transportation bill titled the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which would threaten communities on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts with new offshore drilling, allow oil and gas drilling in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, open millions of acres of public lands to oil shale and tar sands leasing, and authorize the immediate construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline despite significant safety and environmental concerns. In addition to causing immense environmental damage, the oil and gas leasing required by the amendment would fail to achieve its purported goal of raising the revenues necessary to fund the new transportation infrastructure included in the bill. On March 13, the Senate rejected the Roberts amendment by a vote of 41-57 (Senate roll call vote 38). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.