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Border Fence Environmental Mitigation

House Roll Call No. 391
112nd Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 238-177 (see complete tally)
Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) offered this amendment to H.R. 2017, the FY12 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill, to remove a critical provision that would have allowed the transfer of funds from the DHS to the Department of the Interior to mitigate the adverse environmental impacts associated with border security projects.  These projects include the construction of a border fence, which slices through national monuments, wildlife refuges, and other critical public lands, and threatens numerous imperiled species—such as jaguars, ocelots, bighorn sheep, and Sonoran pronghorn—by fragmenting their natural habitat.  On June 2, the House adopted the Lummis amendment by a vote of 238-177 (House roll call vote 391).  NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Regrettably, the language authorizing the transfer of funds was not included in the compromise FY12 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2055, which the president signed into law on December 23.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 391
Votes For : 238
Votes Against : 177
Not Voting : 17


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