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Environment Iowa Applauds State's Congressional Champs

by: environmentiowa

Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 11:01:23 AM CST


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 12/30/09
Eric Nost, Environment Iowa | (515) 243-5835; cell (319) 621-0075 | enost@environmentiowa.org

Senator Tom Harkin (D) and Representative Leonard Boswell (D - 3rd District) voted for the environment 100 percent of the time in the past year and a half, according to the annual Congressional Scorecard released today by Environment Iowa.

Environment Iowa is releasing the scorecard as it continues its campaign to pass legislation in Congress to promote clean energy and cut global warming pollution.

“These scorecards are an important tool to educate Iowans about the voting records of our elected officials,” said Environment Iowa fellow Eric Nost. “They show that Senator Harkin and Congressmen Boswell have consistently decided to put the economy and the environment ahead of special interests. For instance, in the past year and a half, they voted to invest an unprecedented $80 billion in the kind of clean energy projects Iowa is uniquely poised to lead and benefit from.”

"Iowa is a national leader in the production and use of clean, home-grown sources of energy, and this industry continues to create jobs and grow our state's economy," said Senator Harkin in a statement. "I am pleased to have supported legislation that reduces our dependence on foreign fuels, protects our environment and natural resources, and makes investments in the new energy economy. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress as we continue to address these important issues."

Environment Iowa scored seven votes in the Senate ranging from an economic recovery bill with investments in public transit and energy efficiency to legislation saving the nation's coasts from offshore drilling.

In the House of Representatives, Environment Iowa scored 15 votes including funding to make schools more energy efficient and legislation protecting the Great Lakes.

Represntative Boswell and Senator Harkin were the only members of Congress from Iowa to receive a 100 percent score.

Representative Dave Loebsack (D), who represents Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, received a 93 percent. Represenative Bruce Braley (D), who represents Waterloo, Davenport, and Dubuque, earned an 80 percent. These numbers include a few absences from key votes that occurred during the floods of 2008.

With the help of these congressmen the 111th Congress has made significant progress in several key areas. In June the House passed a landmark bill to promote clean energy and limit global warming pollution.The Senate has yet to vote on its version of the legislation.

“We urge other members of Iowa's congressional delegation to work to strengthen our environmental laws—to curb global warming pollution, transition the country towards a cleaner energy future, and protect our most treasured waterways,” concluded Nost.

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Environment Iowa is citizen-based advocacy organization working for clean air, clean water, and open spaces.

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I disagree with your methodology (0.00 / 0)
You give Braley and Loebsack lower scores because they were absent for a few votes, but you give Boswell 100 percent even though he worked to weaken the climate change bill before it came to a vote.

You give Harkin 100 percent even though he is trying to put more giveaways for coal-burning utilities in an already-weak climate change bill.

Boswell's voting record has improved quite a bit during the past couple of years, but it's a stretch to call him an environmental champion, and I wouldn't give Harkin that label in light of his recent actions on the most important environmental bill pending in Congress. Harkin is better than most Senate Democrats, but right now he's MidAmerican's champion, not ours.

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also quite unfair to Braley (0.00 / 0)
If Braley hadn't gone out on a limb to persuade the Democratic caucus to elect Henry Waxman as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee instead of John Dingell, we wouldn't even be talking about this Congress taking on climate change. That was a big risk for a second-term House Democrat to take.

During markup Braley fought to make the climate change bill better, while other Democrats were fighting to make it worse. He may not be a champion on every issue, but I strongly disagree with your lowering his score here because of a handful of missed votes.

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