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The Chesapeake Bay funding vote: Reaction and accountability

Henry Potter

Hen­ry Pot­ter was the vil­lain who tried to ruin George Bai­ley, the hero of “It’s a Won­der­ful Life.”

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Check out how the The Fred­er­icks­burg Free Lance-Star began an edi­to­r­i­al response to the House approval of Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) amend­ment to pre­vent fed­er­al fund­ing of the EPA’s Chesa­peake  Bay restora­tion effort:

REP. BOB GOODLATTE, R- Roanoke, seems the sort of fel­low who would pre­fer Pot­tersville to Bed­ford Falls. In the clas­sic movie “It’s a Won­der­ful Life,” Pot­tersville was what Bed­ford Falls would have become had George Bai­ley not pro­vid­ed towns­peo­ple an oppor­tu­ni­ty to invest in their town and make it a pleas­ant place to live. …

At the time of the last TCR post on the mat­ter, the roll call data were not avail­able. It is now, so it seems a good time to look at how the con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tions from the Bay water­shed states vot­ed.

Over­all, Democ­rats opposed the Good­lat­te amend­ment by a wide margin—36 showed their sup­port for the Bay cleanup plan by vot­ing against the amend­ment. Three Democ­rats from Pennsylvania—Jason Alt­mire, Mark Critz, and Tim Holden—joined Repub­li­cans by vot­ing to cut fed­er­al fund­ing for the plan.

Like­wise, Repub­li­cans large­ly sup­port­ed the Good­lat­te amend­ment. Twen­ty-eight GOP rep­re­sen­ta­tives, includ­ing Major­i­ty Leader Eric Can­tor (R-Va.) vot­ed in favor of cut­ting fed­er­al fund­ing for the Bay cleanup. Three GOP congressmen—Michael Fitz­patrick of Penn­syl­va­nia, Nan Hay­worth of New York, and Rob Wittman of Virginia—broke with their col­leagues and vot­ed against the amend­ment.

The results are pre­sent­ed below by state. A “No” vote is against Goodlatte’s amend­ment and indi­cates sup­port for the Chesa­peake restora­tion plan. A “Yes” vote is for Goodlatte’s amendment—against fed­er­al fund­ing for the restora­tion plan. Par­ty affil­i­a­tion is giv­en in paren­the­ses: D for Demo­c­rat, R for Repub­li­can.

Delaware

Rep. John Car­ney (D-All)—No

Mary­land

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-6)—Yes
Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings (D-7)— No
Rep. Don­na Edwards (D-4)—No
Rep. Andy Har­ris (R-1)—Yes
Rep. Ste­ny Hoy­er (D-5)—No
Rep. C.A. Rup­pers­berg­er (D-2)—No
Rep. John Sar­banes (D-3)—No
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8)—No

New York

Rep. Gary Ack­er­man (D-5)—No
Rep. Tim­o­thy Bish­op (D-1)—No
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-25)—Yes
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-11)—No
Rep. Joseph Crow­ley (D-7)— No
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17)—No
Rep. Chris Gib­son (R-20)—Yes
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-13)—Yes
Rep. Richard Han­na (R-24)—Yes
Rep. Nan Hay­worth (R-19)—No
Rep. Bri­an Hig­gins (D-27)—No
Rep. Mau­rice Hinchey (D-22)—No
Rep. Steve Israel (D-2)—No
Rep. Peter King (R-3)—Yes
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-18)—No
Rep. Car­olyn Mal­oney (D-14)—No
Rep. Car­olyn McCarthy (D-4)—No
Rep. Gre­go­ry Meeks (D-6)—No
Rep. Jer­rold Nadler (D-8)—No
Rep. Bill Owens (D-23)—No
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-15)—No
Rep. Tom Reed (R-29)—Yes
Rep. Jose Ser­ra­no (D-16)—No
Rep. Louise Slaugh­ter (D-28)—No
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-21)—No
Rep. Edol­phus Towns (D-10)—No
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-12)—No
Rep. Antho­ny Wein­er (D-9)—No

Penn­syl­va­nia

Rep. Jason Alt­mire (D-4)—Yes
Rep. Lou Bar­let­ta (R-11)—Yes
Rep. Robert Brady (D-1)—No
Rep. Mark Critz (D-12)—Yes
Rep. Char­lie Dent (R-15)—Yes
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-14)—No
Rep. Cha­ka Fat­tah (D-2)—No
Rep. Michael Fitz­patrick (R-8)—No
Rep. Jim Ger­lach (R-6)—Yes
Rep. Tim Hold­en (D-17)—Yes
Rep. Mike Kel­ly (R-3)—Yes
Rep. Tom Mari­no (R-10)—Yes
Rep. Patrick Mee­han (R-7)—Yes
Rep. Tim Mur­phy (R-18)—Yes
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-16)—Yes
Rep. Todd Platts (R-19)—Yes
Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13)—No
Rep. Bill Shus­ter (R-9)—Yes
Rep. Glenn Thomp­son (R-5)—Yes

West Vir­ginia

Rep. Shel­ley Capi­to (R-2)—Yes
Rep. David McKin­ley (R-1)— Yes
Rep. Nick Rahall, II (D-3)—No

Vir­ginia

Rep. Eric Can­tor (R-7)—Yes
Rep. Ger­ald Con­nol­ly (D-11)—No
Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-4)—Yes
Rep. Robert Good­lat­te (R-6)—Yes
Rep. Mor­gan Grif­fith (R-9)—Yes
Rep. Robert Hurt (R-5)—Yes
Rep. James Moran (D-8)—No
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2)—Yes
Rep. Robert Scott (D-3)—No
Rep. Rob Wittman (R-1)—No
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10)—Yes

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