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Labrador Scores Zero In Enviro Votes

In an unusual move, the League of Conservation Voters is keeping a running scorecard of environmental votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The LCV tallied 25 votes on the current spending bill, including 20 votes on amendments. New Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador scored a zero on the 25 votes. Congressman Mike Simpson scored 12%. (For my Spokane readers, Cathy McMorris Rodgers also scored a zero.) Of the votes, the LCV sez: "Among the dizzying array of amendments offered were several to block the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting public health and holding polluters accountable. Other amendments would cut funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency, clean water, lands conservation and restoration, and other important environmental programs." You can read the ICL intro and see how they voted here.

Question: Do Labrador's votes on environmental issues simply reflect the viewpoint of the conservative 1st Congressional District? Or is he more conservative than his district environmentally?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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