California Congressional Delegation Stands Up for Our Environment and for Families’ Health on a Majority of Votes

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Environment California

Sacramento, CA. (Dec. 6, 2017) —  Today, Environment California released its federal scorecard evaluating how the California congressional delegation has voted when it comes to supporting clean air, clean water and other environmental protections. Absences count against a member’s score. State Director Dan Jacobson released the following statement:

“The country is terribly polarized these days on all sorts of issues, including the need to protect our environment. It shouldn’t be this way and it didn’t used to be. Unfortunately the California delegation is no exception.

“Overall, the U.S. Senate scored only 48% and the U.S. House of Representatives scored 45%, which does not bode well for our air or water.  The two senators from CA scored 100% and our house members averaged 71 percent. So California is well above the national average.

“We in California can be proud that 27 members from both branches voted with us 100% of the time, which means our planet and our families are represented by a lot of real environmental champs. Real standouts from our delegation were Senator Feinstein, Senator Harris, Congressmembers Matsui, Bera, McNernrey, DeSaulnier, Lee, Speier, Khanna, Eshoo, Lofgren, Panetta, Carbajal, Brownley, Chu, Schiff, Cardenas, Sherman, Aguilar, Torres, Ruiz, Sanchez, Lowenthal, Vargas, Peters, and Davis.

But, unfortunately California also had 14 members, including Congressmenmbers LaMalfa, McClintock, Cook, Denham, Valadao,  Nunez, McCarthy, Knight, Royce, Calvert, Walters, Rohrabacher, Issa, and Hunter, who voted with the environment less than 25% of the time.

“The California delegation is a mixed bag when it comes to the environment. Here’s hoping our Congresspeople uniformly start to show the kind of strong and effective leadership we need to reflect the core environmental values so many of us share.”



Obviously the scores of Mr. Becerra and Mr. Gomez don’t reflect an accurate score since they both missed a number of votes with changes in their jobs.