Across this country, our communities are concerned for their health and the environment, whether it be parents anxious over their child’s asthma, the Water Protectors defending traditional lands from the Dakota Access Pipeline, or every resident of Flint Michigan, who will forever be affected by lead poisoning. Every year since 1970, the League of Conservation Voters has published a tool that allows our communities to hold lawmakers accountable for their environmental and public health records: the National Environmental Scorecard.
The 2016 Scorecard provides objective, factual information about the most important environmental legislation considered and the corresponding voting records of all members of the second session of the 114th Congress. It is a powerful tool in the hands of communities because the bills that are voted on affect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the lands where we grow our food and the people who harvest it. These votes affect the places that tell our histories, reflect our cultures and define our future. In a time when President Trump and his administration rely on “alternative facts,” our Scorecard meticulously shows which members of Congress are indeed environmental champions and which members simply do the bidding of polluters.
For the first time, LCV and Chispa are releasing the 2016 National Environmental Scorecard: Report on Congressional Caucuses of Color. This special report looks at the key votes included in the 2016 Scorecard and tallies scores of members of Congress who are active in caucuses representing people of color, including the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and the Congressional Hispanic Conference.
Check out the full report below: