Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018

Annual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018
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Republicans across the board failed to act on and pass meaningful climate and environmental laws in 2018, according to a report on voting records released Wednesday.

The annual National Environmental Score Card compiled by environmental activist group The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) reported that Republicans on the whole in the last Congress worked to introduce an anti-environmental agenda and rubber stamp President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE’s deregulatory plan, as well as lead efforts to confirm a number of cabinet members with pro-industry backgrounds.

Republicans controlled both the House and the Senate in 2018.

The report found that Republican lawmakers in the House pushed 35 votes that would pose a threat to public health or hurt plans to combat climate change, in the LCV's view. Many of those votes were never taken up in the Senate. The 14 Senate votes scored in the report instead predominately were efforts to confirm President Trump’s nominees to the federal judiciary and the executive branch.

Looking at how individual lawmakers voted on the bills and confirmations, the report found a stark divide between Republican and Democratic records.

Scoring based on whether members voted “with” or “against” the environment and public health on each measure, the report found that seven Republican senators overall received a score of zero, while 35 senate Democrats and one independent received a 100 percent score.

The average score for Senate Democrats and Independents who caucused with them was 95 percent, while the Republicans in the Senate averaged 8 percent.

House Republicans also generated an average score of 8 percent, while House Democrats’ numbers were a bit lower than their Senate counterparts, at an average score of 90 percent, according to the LCV.

Overall, Senate Democrats with 2020 ambitions scored perfect scores. Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's 12:30 Report: NY Times story sparks new firestorm over Kavanaugh Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Warren proposes new restrictions, taxes on lobbying MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFive top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Abrams helps launch initiative to train women activists, organizers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWorking Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 Five top 2020 Democrats haven't committed to MSNBC climate forum Progressive tax-the-rich push gains momentum MORE (D-N.J.) Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAt debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions Klobuchar, Buttigieg find themselves accidentally flying to debate together MORE (D-N.Y.) and Independent Bernie SandersBernie SandersChamber of Commerce argues against Democratic proposals for financial transaction taxes Top Sanders adviser: 'He is a little bit angry' Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016 MORE (Vt.) scored 100s.

The lowest scoring Senate Democrat was West Virginia’s Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) Manchin The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Trump, lawmakers consider app that would conduct background checks: report Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks MORE, with a score of 43. He was followed by now-former Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (D-N.D.) with a score of 50 and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE of Missouri with a score of 79. Both senators lost their reelection bids last November to Republicans.

The scorecard anticipates that lawmakers will raise their numbers in this next congress, with Democrats newly in control of the House.

“While we anticipate that the Trump administration and the Republican leadership in the Senate will prevent major pro-environment legislation from becoming law, there are opportunities to make significant progress in states across the country this year,” read the report.