2023 Recent Vote
Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) sponsored S.J. Res. 24, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution to prevent the Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act. The CRA is an extreme and blunt tool that could prevent any future protection of the northern long-eared bat, even if its populations collapsed or just a handful of individual bats remained. Simply put, a vote to approve a CRA resolution for an endangered species like this could be a vote to condemn that species to extinction. Coming just days after the Senate vote on the lesser prairie-chicken CRA disapproval, this would now be only the second time in the CRA's 30-year history that Congress has attempted to use this law to rescind Endangered Species Act protections for an individual species. On May 11, 2023, the Senate approved S.J.Res 24 by a vote of 51-49 (Senate roll call vote 123). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.