2015 Scorecard Vote
Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK) offered an amendment to H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which would undermine the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by legislatively delisting two protected species. The Lucas amendment would prohibit listing the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened or endangered species under the ESA until 2021 and de-list the American burying beetle as a threatened or endangered species. On May 15, the House approved the Lucas amendment by a vote of 229-190 (House roll call vote 236). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Lucas amendment was not included in the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act.