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League of Conservation Voters Endorses Ciro Rodriguez in Texas-28 Primary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 February 16, 2006  

WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the independent political voice for the environment, today announced its endorsement of Ciro Rodriguez in the March 7th Democratic primary in Texas' 28th Congressional District, citing his impressive environmental credentials during his previous service in the House of Representatives.

"LCV is proud to endorse Ciro Rodriguez in the Democratic primary," said LCV Western Campaign Director Andy Schultheiss. "Mr. Rodriguez's environmental record is head and shoulders above Representative Henry Cuellar's record."

During his eight years in Congress, part of which was spent as a member of the House Resources Committee, Mr. Rodriguez received an LCV lifetime score of 68 percent in its National Environmental Scorecard and a 73% on the 2004 Scorecard. Among other accomplishments, Mr. Rodriguez supported the Lower Rio Grande Valley Water Conservation and Improvement Act of 2001, which authorized additional projects critical to the improvement of water quality and infrastructure in South Texas. He also led the effort to hold Mexico accountable for water owed to South Texas communities under the 1944 U.S.-Mexico Water Treaty.  He has also fought for funding of key environmental programs that reduce air and water pollution in the district.

Mr. Cuellar, on the other hand, voted against the environment on a number of occasions last year, including voting with Tom DeLay to let MTBE polluters off the hook for drinking water contamination and opposition to real, clean energy solutions, such as fuel efficiency for automobiles.

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