2015 Scorecard Vote
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) offered an amendment to S.1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which would express the sense of Congress that the Production Tax Credit should be renewed for five years. This tax incentive expired at the end of 2014 and is essential to the continued expansion of renewable energy sources like wind, and would create jobs, reduce pollution, and increase our energy independence. On January 28, the Senate rejected the Heitkamp amendment by a vote of 47-51 (Senate roll call vote 40). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. A five year extension and phase down of the Production Tax Credit was included in H.R. 2029, the FY16 spending deal, which President Obama signed into law on December 18.