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 TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations 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 HarrisHarris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety, efficacy in SC event to kick off tour Kamala Harris is still not ready for primetime (much less 2024) Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAdams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Exclusive: Democrat exploring 'patriot tax' on multimillionaires' wealth McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' MORE (D-Minn.), Cory BookerCory BookerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip Teen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge MORE (D-N.J.) Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Austin and Milley talk budget, Afghanistan, sexual assault and more at wide-ranging Senate hearing Top general: Military justice overhaul proposed by Gillibrand 'requires some detailed study' Cher apologizes for confusing Sinema, Gillibrand MORE (D-N.Y.) and Independent Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Politics of discontent: Who will move to the center and win back Americans' trust? MORE (Vt.) scored 100s.

The lowest scoring Senate Democrat was West Virginia’s Joe ManchinJoe ManchinIn Congress, what goes on behind closed doors? Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure Harris discusses voting rights with advocates in South Carolina MORE, with a score of 43. He was followed by now-former Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampEffective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives MORE (D-N.D.) with a score of 50 and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Jan. 6 commission vote delayed; infrastructure debate lingers into June Missouri Republicans move to block Greitens in key Senate race Democratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run 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.