2012 Scorecard Vote
House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Ed Markey (D-MA) offered an amendment to H.R. 3408-the so-called PIONEERS Act that was a part of the House transportation package-which would eliminate up to $53 billion in taxpayer subsidies by closing a royalty payment loophole for oil companies operating offshore. At a time when many Americans are struggling to make ends meet, this amendment would prevent some of the world's biggest and most profitable oil companies from drilling for free on publicly-owned resources. On February 16, the House rejected the Markey amendment by a vote of 183-238 (House roll call vote 68). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The provisions in H.R. 3408 were not included in the compromise transportation bill-H.R. 4348, MAP-21-which President Obama signed into law on July 6.