[PHILADELPHIA, PA] – Conservation Voters of PA today released the Pennsylvania delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2018 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available for download here, in Spanish here, and online at scorecard.lcv.org.
"As the Trump administration continued its assault on our most important environmental protections, Senator Toomey refused to stand up for Pennsylvania’s air, water, land, and wildlife" said Conservation Voters of PA’s Executive Director Josh McNeil. "Instead of rubber stamping a polluter agenda, we need our representatives in Congress to fight for the health of our communities, the beauty of our state, and the future of our economy — and thankfully we can count on Senator Casey to push back. We’re more determined than ever before to hold members of Congress accountable for putting polluters ahead of our families."
The 2018 Scorecard measures votes cast during the second session of the 115th Congress. In Pennsylvania, nine House members and Senator Bob Casey earned a score of 80 percent or greater, while ten House members and Senator Pat Toomey earned an abysmal score of 10 percent or less. The average House score for Pennsylvania was 44.8 percent and the average Senate score was 46.5 percent. The full delegation’s scores for 2018 are:
Senator Casey – 93 percent
Senator Toomey – 0 percent
Representative Brady – 86 percent
Representative Evans – 94 percent
Representative Kelly – 6 percent
Representative Perry – 3 percent
Representative Thompson – 3 percent
Representative Costello – 43 percent
Representative Meehan – 0 percent
Representative Scanlon – 100 percent
Representative Fitzpatrick – 83 percent
Representative Shuster – 3 percent
Representative Marlino – 6 percent
Representative Barletta – 6 percent
Representative Rothfus – 6 percent
Representative Boyle – 91 percent
Representative Doyle – 91 percent
Representative Dent – 0 percent
Representative Wild – 100 percent
Representative Smucker – 3 percent
Representative Cartwright – 91 percent
Representative Lamb – 81 percent
"After eight years of the most anti-environmental U.S. House ever and two years of relentless attacks on the environment from the Trump administration, the tectonic shift to a pro-environment majority in the people’s House comes not a moment too soon. We could not be more excited to work with the new pro-environment House majority to protect our air, water, lands, and wildlife, combat the climate crisis, and hold the Trump administration accountable," said LCV Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld.
The 2018 Scorecard includes 35 House votes that span the chamber’s assaults on clean air and water, lands and wildlife protections, investments in clean energy and so much more. In the Senate, the majority of the 14 votes scored are confirmation votes on Trump’s anti-environmental nominees.
LCV has published a National Environmental Scorecard every Congress since 1970. The Scorecard represents the consensus of experts from about 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations who selected the key votes on which members of Congress should be scored. LCV scores votes on the most important issues of the year, including energy, climate change, public health, public lands and wildlife conservation, and spending for environmental programs. The votes included in the Scorecard presented members of Congress with a real choice and help distinguish which legislators are working for environmental protection. More information on individual votes and the Scorecard archive can be found at scorecard.lcv.org.