2018 Scorecard Vote
Representative Doug Lamborn (R-CO) offered an amendment to H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019, which would block federal funding for the threatened Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). By blocking funding, this amendment attacks recovery efforts for this western species, which has suffered habitat loss and fragmentation throughout its range. Funded recovery programs require a Habitat Conservation Plan, which is a crucial aspect of species recovery under the ESA. Overall, this amendment is an attack on the ESA that sets a dangerous precedent of inserting political considerations in what should be a science-based process. On July 18, the House approved the Lamborn amendment by a vote of 213-201 (House roll call vote 350). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House passed H.R. 6147 on July 19 and the Senate passed its version of the bill on August 1. On September 5, the House rejected a motion to instruct conferees and no further action was taken on this legislation.