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Republicans for Environmental Protection Release a Congressional Scorecard

It sounds like a contradiction -- Republicans who oppose pollution. We aren't sure how many there are, but they are hard at work. And here is their latest news announcement.

Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP) on April 4 released its first Congressional Scorecard, rating Republican members of Congress for their votes and leadership on critical energy, public lands, air, and water legislation during 2005. (The Scorecard is on line at http://www.rep.org/2005_scorecard.pdf.)

The REP scorecard is a Republican-only scorecard that will allow the public to see which of their GOP Members of Congress are providing responsible environmental leadership.

Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (NY-24th) received the highest score in the House of Representatives with a score of 108. Senator Lincoln Chafee (RI) earned the highest score in the Senate with a score of 87.

In the House, other Members who earned outstanding scores include Jim Saxton (NJ), Michael Fitzpatrick (PA), Michael Castle (DE), Christopher Shays (CT), Frank LoBiondo (NJ), Nancy Johnson (CT), Christopher Smith (NJ), Jim Leach (IA), Wayne Gilchrest (MD), Jim Ramstad (MN), and Timothy Johnson (IL).

Besides Chafee, top-scoring senators include Olympia Snowe (ME), Susan Collins (ME), John McCain (AZ), Norm Coleman (MN), and Mike DeWine (OH).

"We are proud of our Republican lawmakers who scored well. They are leading the way on the critical environmental and natural resource conservation issues facing America," said REP President Martha Marks. "These Republicans are truly following in the footsteps of great conservation-minded Republicans such as President Theodore Roosevelt, Congressman John Saylor, and Senator John Chafee.

"This scorecard is an important tool for carrying out our mission to restore the GOP's great conservation tradition," Marks added. "We believe that it presents a fair and accurate evaluation of environmental performance, and hope that Members will take a reflective look at it."

The lowest scores in the House were earned by Representatives Richard Pombo (CA-11th) and Joe Barton (TX-6th), and by Ted Stevens (AK) in the Senate.

"It is unfortunate that some in our party have lost sight of the importance of conservation and environmental protection for keeping America strong, healthy, prosperous, and secure," said David Jenkins, REP Government Affairs Director. "It's time for all of our Republican leaders to recognize that conservation is conservative."

Lawmakers were scored on a scale of 0 to 100. However, scores can fall below zero or exceed 100. Unique to REP's Scorecard is a system for assigning credits or demerits for significant non-voting actions demonstrating either positive or negative leadership on environmental issues. To ensure that floor votes always represent the bulk of scoring, non-voting actions carry half the weight of a vote and their number cannot exceed the number of rated floor votes.

Absences are counted as a negative vote, and each lawmaker's score was rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.

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To see and download REP's Scorecard on line, visit http://www.rep.org/2005_scorecard.pdf. To obtain hard copies, contact Jim DiPeso by phone at 253-740-2066 or by e-mail at jim@repamerica.org.

Also see:

True Conservatives Support Conservation
http://www.progress.org/2005/repa05.htm

Even Some Republicans Oppose Plundering
http://www.progress.org/2005/repa03.htm

Common-Sense Republicans versus Lunatic Republicans
http://www.progress.org/2005/repa04.htm

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