Minneapolis – Conservation Minnesota Voter Center Voter Center today released the state congressional delegation’s scores from the just released League Of Conservation 2016 National Environmental Scorecard.
The Scorecard includes 17 votes in the Senate and 38 House votes, which sets a new record for the most votes scored in the House. The League of Conservation Voters scored votes on important conservation issues, including energy, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs.
The Scorecard went live today at 12:30 PM CST in both English and Spanish at scorecard.lcv.org.
“Once again, our Congressional delegation showed varying levels of concern when it came to attacks on many of the cornerstone environmental laws that protect our air, water, wildlife and public lands,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota Voter Center.
While the attacks contained in the 2016 Scorecard were largely prevented from becoming law thanks to opposition in the Senate and the President’s veto pen, those attacks serve as a preview of what is at stake given that the new president has signaled his willingness to sign anti-environmental pieces of legislation should they reach his desk.
In Minnesota, Rep. McCollum received the only perfect score among the State’s House members, with Rep. Nolan scoring an 89, Rep. Ellison scored an 87 and Rep. Walz scored an 82. Rep. Peterson received the lowest score for a democrat with an 18, a score that was matched by Rep. Paulsen, the top scoring republican. On the low end, Rep. Kline scored a 3 and Rep. Emmer received the delegation’s only score of zero. Senators Franken and Klobuchar each received perfect scores for their voting records. This is the first scorecard in recent memory that saw the combined Minnesota House average score dip below 50 percent.
“2016 saw a relentless assault on both bedrock environmental protections and recent progress, said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Fortunately, President Obama and our allies in Congress beat back the vast majority of these attacks, but November’s erosion of that political backstop has left this country in a precarious position.
For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.