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To see how your congressional representatives have voted on national parks legislation, use the search below. The search results will include both House and Senate members even though NPCA only scored votes taken in the House during the 112th Congress. There were insufficient national park-related votes in the Senate to compile a scorecard.

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06/10/2010
(Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions) On June 10, 2010 the Senate rejected a motion to proceed on a disapproval resolution offered by Sen. Murkowski (R-AK) that would have prevented the EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. America's national parks are showing signs of climate change. Glaciers are disappearing faster than scientists predicted only a few years ago; native trees and animals are losing ground because changing temperatures and weather patterns are making the availability of food, water, and shelter less certain. NPCA opposed this effort to prevent the EPA from using its authority under the Clean Air Act. The motion was rejected 47 yeas-53 nays. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
Oppose
Failed
10/29/2009
On October 29, 2009 the Senate approved the conference report to the Interior Appropriations Bill by a vote of 72 yeas-28 nays and the bill was signed into law by President Obama on October 30, 2009. The bill increased critical funding for the annual operating needs of the National Park Service by $130 million and made vital investments in the Land and Water Conservation Fund. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
Support
Agreed To
05/12/2009
(Firearms in National Park System) On May 12, 2009 Sen. Coburn (R-OK) offered an amendment to the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Act that would allow individuals to openly carry rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons in national parks if the firearm was in compliance with State law. NPCA and park ranger groups believe that allowing visitors to carry loaded guns in national parks poses increased risk of the opportunistic shooting of wildlife and vandalism of historic resources, as well as increases the risk of gun-related accidents. The amendment passed 67 yeas-29 nays and H.R. 627 was signed into law by President Obama on May 22, 2009. A NO VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
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Agreed To
03/19/2009
On March 19, 2009 the Senate passed this landmark public lands bill that included nearly 50 national park-related provisions; including establishment of new park units, boundary expansions, and park wilderness protection. The bill passed by a vote of 77 yeas-20 nays and was signed into law by President Obama on March 30, 2009. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
Support
Passed
03/18/2009
(Construction in National Park System) On March 18, 2009 Sen. Coburn (R-OK) offered an amendment to the Public Land Management bill that would have prohibited the Secretary of Interior from beginning any new construction projects in units of the National Park System until all existing sites' projects were fully operational. This amendment could have effectively prohibited the Park Service from using their much-needed construction budget for essential projects like dam removal, replacement of deteriorating sewage systems, or construction expenditures to tear down outmoded facilities. It would have tied the hands of park managers, preventing them from using their discretion to strategically pursue any new construction where necessary to protect irreplaceable park resources and enhance visitor enjoyment. The motion to table the amendment passed by a vote of 79 yeas-19 nays. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
Support
Agreed To
01/11/2009
(on Cloture) On January 11, 2009 the Senate agreed to a cloture motion to proceed on the Public Land Management Act, a landmark public lands bill that included nearly 50 national park-related provisions. This cloture vote was a significant hurdle cleared toward final passage. The cloture motion was agreed to 66 yeas-12 nays. A YES VOTE IS THE CORRECT VOTE.
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