2014 Scorecard Vote
House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) sponsored H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act, which would prioritize drilling on our public lands and waters over other activities such as hiking, hunting, and fishing. Such a mandate subverts the multiple uses our public lands have historically been managed for, and it would harm businesses that comprise our nation’s $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. The bill would also put the Atlantic and California coasts at risk of an oil spill by expanding risky offshore drilling to these areas while increasing perverse incentives for more drilling by directing additional revenue from federally-owned oil resources to coastal states. On June 26, the House approved H.R. 4899 by a vote of 229-185 (House roll call vote 368). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate took no action on this legislation.