Which Democrats Voted Against Transitioning Away from Fossil Fuels This Week?

On Thursday, amidst the Senate’s dramatic health care vote-a-rama, the House passed a “minibus” spending bill. House Republicans bundled together four of the twelve regular appropriations bills (Defense, Legislative Branch, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, and Energy and Water Development) without having ever passed a budget outlining spending levels or considered any of the four under regular order.

House Republicans also used a legislative trick to include $1.6 billion for Trump’s border wall — without having to take a vote on such an amendment.

The “minibus” bill (Read more about its problems here) passed 235 to 192, with 5 defections on each side. The Democrats who voted for the border wall “minibus” were conservatives Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Charlie Crist (FL-13), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09). Shame on all of them.

The House took recorded votes on sixteen amendments to the “minibus.” Three of them involved shifting money from fossil fuels to renewable energy. And all three failed.

Kathy Castor (FL-14) offered an amendment to increase funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $177 million and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355 million.

It failed 181 to 246. 10 Republicans voted for it, and 20 Democrats voted against it.

Here are the 10 Republicans: Justin Amash (MI-03), Rod Blum (IA-01), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), John Katko (NY-24), Steve King (IA-04), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Mark Sanford (SC-01), David Young (IA-03).

Here are the 20 Democrats:

Joyce Beatty (OH-03)

Lou Correa (CA-46)

Jim Costa (CA-16)

Henry Cuellar (TX-28)

Joe Courtney (CT-02)

Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)

Mike Doyle (PA-14)

Elizabeth Esty (CT-05)

Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15)

Gene Green (TX-29)

Jim Himes (CT-04)

Rick Larsen (WA-02)

John Larson (CT-01)

Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)

Collin Peterson (MN-07)

Cedric Richmond (LA-02)

Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Bennie Thompson (MS-02)

Marc Veasey (TX-33)

Donald Norcross (NJ-01) offered an amendment to add $161.725 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research and development and to reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355 million.

It failed 186 to 241, with 12 Republicans voting for it and 17 Democrats voting against it.

Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Tom Rice (SC-07) joined the 10 Republicans who voted for Castor’s amendment.

The 17 Democrats were the 20 who voted against Castor’s amendment, minus Beatty, Larsen, and Veasey.

Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) offered an amendment to increase funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $20 million and cut $40 million from Fossil Energy Research and Development.

It failed 203 to 224, with 21 Republicans voting for it and 9 Democrats voting against it.

The 9 Democrats were Joyce Beatty, Lou Correa (CA-46), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Marcia Fudge, Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15), Gene Green (TX-29), Collin Peterson (MN-07), Cedric Richmond (LA-02), and Marc Veasey (TX-33).

Here are the 20 Republicans:

Justin Amash (MI-03)

Don Bacon (NE-02)

Rod Blum (IA-01)

Mo Brooks (AL-05)

Mike Coffman (CO-06)

John Faso (NY-19)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)

John Katko (NY-24)

Steve King (IA-04)

Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)

Brian Mast (FL-18)

Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)

Tom Reed (NY-23)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Tom Rice (SC-07)

Mark Sanford (SC-01)

Chris Smith (NJ-04)

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

Fred Upton (MI-06)

David Young (IA-03)

Several other amendments addressed environmental policy as well.

Ocean Stewardship: Chellie Pingree (ME-01) offered an amendment to lift the ban on funds going to the implementation of the National Ocean Policy, created by Obama to better coordinate planning across agencies to promote stewardship.

It failed 192 to 235. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Fortenberry, and Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) voted for it, and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) voted against it.

Watersheds: Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) offered an amendment to allocate an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.

It passed 234 to 192, with 51 Republicans voting for it and 7 Democrats voting against it.

Here are the 7 Democrats: Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Marcia Fudge, Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), Sean Maloney (NY-18), Collin Peterson (MN-07), and Cedric Richmond (LA-02).

Environmental Restoration: Tom Suozzi (NY-03) offered an amendment to move about $35 million from the defense-wide operations and maintenance budget to the Navy’s environmental restoration budget.

It passed narrowly 214 to 211, with 25 Republicans voting for it and 2 Democrats — Eliot Engel (NY-16) and Collin Peterson (MN-07) — voted against it.

Safe Drinking Water: Brendan Boyle (PA-13) offered an amendment to increase the Navy Environmental Restoration Account and the Air Force Environmental Restoration Account by $30 million each for the purpose of remediating perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) drinking water contamination and outreach and engagement with local communities with impacted drinking water systems.

It passed 256 to 169. 68 Republicans voted for it, and 3 Democrats — Jim Cooper (TN-05), Gene Green (TX-29), and Collin Peterson (MN-07).

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