2012 Scorecard Vote
Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) sponsored H.R. 2578, the so-called Conservation and Economic Growth Act, a sweeping assault on America's lands and wildlife that would block or roll back conservation laws on federal lands, gut environmental review, and privatize public lands. The bill included H.R. 1505, far-reaching legislation that would force the American people to surrender their right to hunt, fish, and camp on public lands so that federal agents could have unprecedented new policing authority. H.R. 2578 would also give a private corporation access to clearcut prime public lands in the Tongass National Forest; allow the lethal removal of sea lions from the Columbia River without public involvement and with limited scientific review; cut sensible limits on vehicle access on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area that are designed to protect threatened wildlife; and cut environmental protections for livestock grazing. On June 19, the House approved H.R. 2578 by a vote of 232-188 (House roll call vote 387). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.