FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019
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Michigan LCV Announces Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2018 National Environmental Scorecard
Ann Arbor, MI — The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) today released the Michigan delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available for download here, in Spanish here, and online at scorecard.lcv.org.
“As the Trump administration continues its assault on our most important clean air and water protections, it is more important than ever for lawmakers to stand up for the health of Michigan communities,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director. “Thankfully, we were able to count on Sens. Peters and Stabenow and Reps. Dingell, Kildee, Levin, Jones and Lawrence to put Michigan families ahead of big polluters.”
The 2018 Scorecard measures votes cast during the second session of the 115th Congress. In Michigan, five House members scored a 90 or above. Sens. Peters and Stabenow both earned a score of 100 percent while six House members earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score for Michigan was 41 percent and the average Senate score was 100 percent. The full delegation’s scores for 2018 are:
- Senator Gary Peters – 100 percent
- Senator Debbie Stabenow – 100 percent
- Representative Jack Bergman – 9 percent
- Representative Bill Huizenga – 0 percent
- Representative Justin Amash – 37 percent
- Representative John Moolenaar – 6 percent
- Representative Dan Kildee – 94 percent
- Representative Fred Upton – 40 percent
- Representative Tim Walberg – 0 percent
- Representative Mike Bishop – 3 percent
- Representative Sandy Levin – 94 percent
- Representative Paul Mitchell – 3 percent
- Representative Dave Trott – 9 percent
- Representative Debbie Dingell – 94 percent
- Representative Brenda Jones – 100 percent
- Representative Brenda Lawrence – 94 percent
As communities in Michigan and across the country grapple with PFAS contamination in water supplies, there were attempts at the federal level to weaken the Clean Water Rule last year, which would put the drinking water supply for one out of three Americans at risk. Lawmakers like Sen. Peters and Rep. Kildee took leadership on pushing for urgent action to address PFAS contamination and protect the health of Michigan families.
“After eight years of the most anti-environmental U.S. House ever and two years of relentless attacks on the environment from the Trump administration, the tectonic shift to a pro-environment majority in the people’s House comes not a moment too soon. We could not be more excited to work with the new pro-environment House majority to protect our air, water, lands, and wildlife, combat the climate crisis, and hold the Trump administration accountable,” said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld.
The 2018 Scorecard includes 35 House votes that span the chamber’s assaults on clean air and water, public lands and wildlife protections, investments in clean energy and so much more. In the Senate, the majority of the 14 votes scored are confirmation votes on Trump’s anti-environmental nominees.
LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.
Michigan LCV publishes the Michigan Environmental Scorecard which tracks the performance of Michigan legislators on conservation issues. Michigan LCV released the 2017-18 Scorecard on September 25, 2018. You can view 2017-18 state lawmaker scores with revised lame duck scores here: michiganlcv.org/at-the-capitol/legislative-scorecard/