2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Don Young (R-AK) offered an amendment to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, which would exempt federal forests in Alaska—including the Tongass National Forest, the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world — from one of the country’s most important land, wildlife, and water conservation safeguards, the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The Roadless Rule protects habitat for wildlife, safeguards clean water for communities, and prevents harmful development in designated areas of our national forests. Eliminating this protection would open up nearly 10 million acres of the Tongass’ wild temperate rainforest to destructive logging and road building activities. On May 17, the House approved the Young amendment by a vote of 208-207 (House roll call vote 199). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 2, including the Young 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.