2019 Scorecard Vote
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) offered an amendment to S. 47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, an amendment which would undermine the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) by limiting its reauthorization in this package of public lands bills. The underlying legislation permanently reauthorized LWCF, but this amendment would have limited it to a temporary five-year reauthorization. From 2015 to 2018, LWCF’s authorization expired twice, putting in jeopardy this critical conservation program, which has protected National Parks and other federal lands, neighborhood parks, and historical sites in nearly every county in America. On February 7, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) offered a motion to table the Lee amendment, which the Senate approved by a vote of 68-30 (Senate roll call vote 19). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The Senate and House subsequently passed S. 47 and the president signed this legislation into law on March 12, which permanently reauthorized LWCF.