2020 Scorecard Vote
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored S. 906, the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would transition the last U.S. fishery that uses large-scale driftnets away from this harmful fishing practice. This gear partly accounts for more dolphins and porpoises being killed in this fishery than all other observed fisheries combined along the West Coast and Alaska. The bill’s assistance program will help fishers convert to alternative gear that catches swordfish profitably with less waste. On December 10, the House approved a motion to suspend the rules and pass S. 906 by a vote of 283-105 (House roll call vote 242). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. With the Senate having passed S. 906 by voice vote on July 22, the bill was sent to the president’s desk following House passage, but the president vetoed the bill on January 1, 2021, and prevented it from becoming law.