2013 Scorecard Vote
House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) sponsored an amendment to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013, which would protect the environmental review process established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), preserving the public's ability to participate in decisions that have profound impacts on their safety, the environment, and the economy. The amendment would defer unnecessary and contentious provisions in H.R. 3080 that are based on the faulty assumption that the environmental review process is the root cause of project delays. Independent analyses have concluded that project delays are the result of limited funding, complexity, and poor project planning and design. The NEPA review process ensures the public has a say in large-scale projects in their communities and leads to the construction of better, less costly projects. On October 23, the House rejected the DeFazio-Blumenauer amendment by a vote of 183-236 (House roll call vote 556). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.