2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR) offered an amendment to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which would mandate a “take it or leave it” approach to forest management projects. This approach would preclude agencies from considering reasonable alternatives to logging proposals, and would thus force projects to be approved without any evaluation of less environmentally harmful options. It would also severely limit the ability of federal courts to review agency actions, issue preliminary injunctions, and limit the time injunctions are valid. On May 17, the House approved the Westerman amendment by a vote of 224-191 (House roll call vote 198). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 2, including the Westerman amendment, on June 21. The H.R. 2 conference report did not include this harmful language. The president signed the H.R. 2 conference report into law on December 20.