Today, Environment Oregon released its 2017 Federal Scorecard evaluating how the Oregon 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 Celeste Meiffren-Swango 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, it didn't used to be, and I’m pleased to say that in the Oregon delegation, we’re nearly unanimous when it comes to our air and water.
“Overall, the U.S. Senate got only a score of 48% and the U.S. House of Representatives scored just 45%, which does not bode well for our air or water. Here in Oregon, our two senators voted for the planet 100% of the time and our house delegation averaged 78%--- amongst the most environmental leaders in the Congress. Rep. Walden voted with us only 12% of the time.
“Oregonians can be especially proud that five out of seven members in 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.
“Oregon voters have true champions in Washington, D.C. when it comes to standing up for our air and water and families. Here’s hoping our delegation continues to show strong and effective leadership and works to encourage the entire Congress to support the core environmental values so many of us share.”