LCV 2018 National Environmental Scorecard
Vermont Conservation Voters today released the Vermont U.S. Congressional delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available for download here, and online at scorecard.lcv.org.
“As the Trump administration continued their assault on our most important environmental protections, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Representative Welch stood up for Vermont’s air, water, land and wildlife,” said Vermont Conservation Voters Executive Director Lauren Heirl. “We are proud to have representatives in Congress who fight for Vermont’s communities.”
The 2018 Scorecard measures votes cast during the second session of the 115th Congress. In Vermont, Senators Leahy and Sanders each earned a score of 100 percent for their pro-environment votes. Representative Welch earned a score of 94 percent. The Vermont delegation was among the highest scoring congressional delegations in the country. The full delegation’s scores for 2017 are:
Senator Patrick Leahy – 100 percent
Senator Bernie Sanders – 100 percent
Representative Peter Welch – 94 percent
“In particular, we applaud Senator Leahy for helping to secure the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. We thank Senator Sanders for his national leadership on climate change and championing the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy. And we appreciate Representative Welch’s work to expand energy efficiency efforts across Vermont and the country,” stated Hierl.
The 2018 National Environmental Scorecard reveals that, once again, the extreme pro-polluter Republican leadership drove their caucuses to an abysmal average score of eight percent in both chambers of Congress. In stark contrast, Senate Democrats and the Independents who caucus with them earned an average score of 95 percent, and House Democrats earned an average score of 90 percent.
“After eight years of the most anti-environmental U.S. House ever and two years of relentless attacks on the environment from the Trump administration, the tectonic shift to a pro-environment majority in the people’s House comes not a moment too soon. We could not be more excited to work with the new pro-environment House majority to protect our air, water, lands, and wildlife, combat the climate crisis, and hold the Trump administration accountable,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld.
The 2018 Scorecard includes 35 House votes that span the chamber’s assaults on clean air and water, lands and wildlife protections, investments in clean energy and so much more. In the Senate, the majority of the 14 votes scored are confirmation votes on Trump’s anti-environmental nominees.
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 Scorecardpresented 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.