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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.


Rep. John Carney (D-All)—No


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


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


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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