2022 Scorecard Vote

Undercutting Public Input and Environmental Review in Permitting
Senate Roll Call Vote 283
Issues: Environmental Justice, Climate Change; Other

Senator Dan Sullivan sponsored S. J. Res 55, a joint resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would undermine core provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, namely regulations that were restored by President Biden in April 2022. In 2020, the Trump administration severely rolled back longstanding NEPA regulations, seeking to entrench federal climate denial, hastily permit dangerous or polluting projects, and systematically disenfranchise low-income, rural, and minority communities from government decision-making. The Biden administration’s April 2022 rule restored basic elements of CEQ’s NEPA regulations, including consideration of climate change and cumulative impacts of projects on communities, because they are critically important to addressing the climate crisis and environmental justice. On August 4, 2022, the Senate approved S.J. Res. 55 by a vote of 50-47 (Senate roll call vote 283). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.

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