2022 Scorecard Vote
Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) sponsored an amendment to H.R. 5376, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022, to mandate approval of any coal lease application for which a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process has commenced regardless of health, environmental, or economic impacts. Eliminating the requirement of adequate environmental review and public input, as required by NEPA, would only further harm communities on the frontlines of coal mining, processing, transporting, and burning, as well as our climate and public lands. On August 7, the Senate rejected the Shelby amendment by a vote of 50-50 (Senate roll call vote 306). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.