LCV Scores Announced: Thank you Senators Wyden and Merkley

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The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today released the Oregon delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2017 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available online in English and Spanish at scorecard.lcv.org.

“As Trump launched attack after attack on longstanding environmental protections, Senators Wyden and Merkley stood up for Oregon’s air, water, land, and wildlife,” said OLCV’s Executive Director Doug Moore. “It’s more crucial than ever that our representatives in Congress continue to fight for Oregon’s communities. But here’s the good news — despite the disastrous policy decisions coming out of Washington, Oregon continued to build our clean future by passing legislation against suction dredge mining and introducing Clean Energy Jobs. It’s really up to states to lead and that’s what we’re doing. ”

The 2017 Scorecard measures votes cast during the first session of the 115th Congress. In Oregon, three House members and both Senators earned a score of 95 percent or greater. The average House score for Oregon was 76.4 percent and the average Senate score was 97.5 percent. The full delegation’s scores for 2017 are:

  • Senator Merkley – 100 percent
  • Senator Wyden – 95 percent
  • Representative Bonamici – 100 percent
  • Representative Walden – 9 percent
  • Representative Blumenauer – 100 percent
  • Representative DeFazio – 100 percent
  • Representative Schrader – 73 percent

As Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke threatens our national monuments with his recommendation Cascade-Siskiyou be stripped of protections, Senators Wyden and Merkley have stepped up to fight by signing on to letters of protest and co-sponsoring legislation. “It’s really disappointing we don’t see the same commitment coming from Representative Walden, especially since he represents the area,” pointed out Executive Director Moore. “A score of 9 means not only was he not an environmental champion, he was actively sabotaging the environment and health of Oregonians whenever possible.”

Senate Republicans hit a record low with an abysmal 1 percent average score, making them the lowest scoring Senate caucus since LCV began tracking environmental votes nearly 50 years ago. House Democrats also broke records by tying their previous average high of 94 percent. As a whole, historic trends show partisan votes on the environment have been increasing.

“This Republican-led Congress repeatedly refused to stand up to President Trump’s extreme anti-environmental agenda and his attacks on our air, water, land and wildlife,” said LCV Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “In a year where devastating hurricanes and wildfires showed why the need to fight climate change is so urgent, Congress instead inflicted lasting damage on our communities by reversing clean water protections, confirming industry favorites to key environmental posts and opening up the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling. Our environmental champions are more important than ever as the administration’s hostility toward our communities continues to grow.”

The 2017 Scorecard includes 35 House votes, with a national average House Republican score of 5 percent and a national average House Democrat score of 94 percent. In the Senate, the Scorecard includes 19 votes, including eight votes to confirm anti-environmental Cabinet and sub-Cabinet nominees who have wasted no time implementing Trump’s dangerous agenda. Nationally, Senate Democrats averaged 93 percent, while Senate Republicans averaged just 1 percent.

LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.