Phoenix, Arizona – Chispa Arizona, a Latino community organizing program of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), unveiled scores for the Arizona delegation released this morning as part of LCV’s 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 and reflects that, under Speaker Paul Ryan, the U.S. House remains the most anti-environmental in history. This is in direct contrast to President Obama who led the way on combating climate change and protecting our environment. The Scorecard is available in both English and Spanish at scorecard.lcv.org.
“Once again, too many members of Congress were complicit in extreme attacks on many of our key environmental laws that protect our air, water, wildlife and public lands,” said Masavi Perea, LCV’s Chispa AZ program director. “Despite last year being the hottest year on record, members like Representatives Paul Gosar, Matt Salmon and David Schweikert put polluters’ agenda ahead of the health of Arizonians, environmental protections and climate action. Fortunately, environmental allies like Representatives Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema consistently stood up to these radical attacks.”
The 2016 Scorecard scores votes cast during the second session of the 114th Congress. It includes 38 House votes, setting a new record for the most votes scored in the House and reflecting that, under Speaker Paul Ryan, the U.S. House remains the most anti-environmental in history. The average House Republican score for 2016 was five percent, while the average House Democrat score was ninety-four percent.
The good news is that the number of environmental champions in Congress continues to grow, and they are becoming more vocal and effective than ever before. Our environmental allies stood up for our clean air and water, public lands, climate science, wildlife, and more. They fought for the health of our families and voted against the interests of Big Polluters. Thanks to President Obama and our environmental champions in Congress fought off the seemingly endless parade of attacks on our environmental protections from the Republican-led Congress.
The 2016 Scorecard is being released at a time when attacks on the environment are already coming fast and furious from polluter allies in both the Trump administration and Congress. 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’s at stake now that polluters have an ally in the White House who can be expected to sign these anti-environmental pieces of legislation should they reach his desk. Indeed, both houses of Congress have already passed a resolution eliminating the Stream Protection Rule using the radical Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislative tool, and the House has passed a similar measure voiding the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane and Waste Reduction Rule—both of which are the subject of votes in the 2016 Scorecard.
In Arizona, 3 House members earned a score of 80 percent or greater on the 2016 Scorecard, while 5 House members and 1 Senator earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score in 2016 for Arizona was 40 percent and the average Senate score was 9 percent.
“2016 saw a relentless assault on both bedrock environmental protections and recent progress even as we experienced the hottest year on record – for the third year in a row – and world leaders came together on Earth Day to sign the historic climate agreement reached in Paris,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Fortunately, President Obama and our allies in Congress beat back the vast majority of these attacks and stood up for the health of our families, communities of color on the frontlines of climate change, and the international consensus to take action on climate.”
2016 LCV Scores:
Sen. Jeff Flake, 6%
Sen. John McCain, 12%
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, 76%
Rep. Martha McSally, 3%
Rep. Raul Grijalva, 95%
Rep. Paul Gosar, 0%
Rep. Matt Salmon, 0%
Rep. David Schweikert, 0%
Rep. Ruben Gallego, 97%
Rep. Trent Franks, 3%
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, 87%
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.