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Key Senate & House Votes on Climate 2011-2016

Here are the Key Votes on Climate in the Senate and House in recent years. We also included some draft language that you can use to show his or her position on each vote. Once you check on how he or she voted, feel free to copy and paste the sample language from here directly onto the wiki.

The bills below are in chronological order. This page was last updated by the Project on September 5th, 2017

Senate

Amendment 183 - EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gases

(112 Congress, 4/6/2011, Vote 54)

Sample Language: On April 6, 2011 he/she voted for/against limiting the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (1)

Links:

1. U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 54, 2011-04-06. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=1&vote=00054


Sen. Amendment 261 - Putting a Price on Carbon

(113 Congress, 3/22/2013, Vote 59)

Sample Language: In 2013,he/she voted for/against a concurrent resolution creating a point of order which would make it harder for Congress to put a price on carbon (1, 2).

Links:

1. "Detail for 2013 Senate Roll Call Vote 59 - Voter Information Services – vote wisely, live better". www.vis.org. Retrieved 2016-10-02. http://www.vis.org/toolbox/VoteDetail.aspx?vid=15678

2. U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 59, 2013-03-22. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00059

Keystone XL amendment votes on Climate Change

Sample Language: In a series of roll call votes attached to debate about Keystone on January 21, 2015 (1), he/she voted for/against Amendment 87 by Sen. Hoeven that climate change is real and human activity contributes to climate change (2), and for/against Amendment 58 by Sen. Schatz, that human activity "significantly" contributes to climate change. (3)

Links:

1. Leber, Rebecca (2015-01-21). "Republican Senators Finally Admit That Climate Change Is Not a Hoax". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-10-02. https://newrepublic.com/article/120825/senates-keystone-amendment-admits-climate-change-real

2. "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 11, 2015-01-21.". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-02. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00011

3. "U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 12, 2015-01-21". www.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-02. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00012


SJ Res 23 - Clean Power Plan

(114 Congress, 11/17/2015, Vote 307)

Sample Language: In 2015,he/she voted against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (1). (Hyperlink Clean Power Plan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Power_Plan)

Links:

1. U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress - 1st Session, Vote Number 307, 2015-11-17. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00307#top

House

July 2017 - HR 2810 - Blocking Department of Defense from analyzing and addressing climate change

(115 Congress, 07/13/2017, Vote 368)

Sample Language: In 2017, he/she voted for/against a amendment that would have prevented the Department of Defense from analyzing and addressing climate change (1 , 2)

1. News Link: https://thinkprogress.org/house-defeats-anti-climate-action-amendment-e7a95cc0249c/

2. Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll368.xml

December 2015 - HR 2042 - Blocking Clean Power Plan

Sample Language: In 2015, he/she voted for/against the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (1, 2, 3). Hyperlink Clean Power Plan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_Power_Plan

1. News Link: http://www.utilitydive.com/news/measure-to-block-epa-clean-power-plan-passes-house/401376/

2. Bill Profile: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2042

3. Roll call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll384.xml

2014 - House Roll Call Vote 103 - Amendment to H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act.

Summary: Calling on Congress to accept the scientific findings that man-made carbon pollution contributes to climate change and that climate change has a wide range of negative effects.

Sample Language: In 2014, he/she voted for/against a House amendment calling on Congress to recognize that man-made carbon pollution contributes to climate change and that climate change has a wide range of negative effects (1, 2).

1. News Link: https://thinkprogress.org/24-house-republicans-just-voted-to-deny-the-reality-of-climate-change-e3f66d07f897#.5ha4jdq7i

2. Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll103.xml


2013 - H R 367 Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (Tax on Carbon)

Sample Language: In 2013, he voted for/against a concurrent resolution creating a point of order which would make it harder for Congress to put a price on carbon (1, 2).

1. VIS.org info: http://www.vis.org/toolbox/VoteDetail.aspx?vid=15863

2. Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll445.xml


2011 - HR 367 Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act

Sample Language: Yes vote - In 2011, he/she voted to limit the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. No vote - In 2011, he/she voted against limiting the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. (1)

1. Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll249.xml


April 2011 - HR 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act

Summary: "EPA may take no action involving the consideration of Greenhouse gases as pollutants or contributing factors to climate change."

Sample Language: In 2011, he/she voted for/against prohibiting the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (1, 2, 3).

1. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Tax_Prevention_Act

2. Roll Call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll249.xml

3. Overview: https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/910/


2009 - American Clean Energy and Security Act (Waxman-Markey)

Sample Language: In 2009, he/she voted for/against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (1, 2).

1. Wikipedia link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Clean_Energy_and_Security_Act

2. House Vote: https://www.congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-bill/2454