2016 Scorecard Vote
Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) offered an amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, which would bar the listing, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), of any species that has not undergone a periodic five-year review, an attack that would dramatically undermine protections for endangered species. The relevant agencies are often unable to complete these reviews on time due to lack of funding or because of competing priorities. This amendment would leave many species in a state of limbo, because they would keep their ESA status, but all federal funding for recovery efforts, law enforcement efforts, and consultations would be prohibited. On July 13, the House approved the Lamborn amendment by a vote of 238-190 (House roll call vote 449). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 5538 on July 14, but the Senate took no action on this legislation.