Representative Steve Scalise (R-LA) offered this amendment to H.R. 2354, the FY12 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, to boost funding by $1 million for coastal Louisiana restoration projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The amendment would allow for the start of new projects to help restore the wetlands, fish, and wildlife of the Gulf Coast region, which have been degraded over the years by agricultural run-off, hurricanes, and disasters like the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On July 15, the House adopted the Scalise amendment by a vote of 271-148 (House roll call vote 590). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. Unfortunately, the language in the Scalise amendment was not included in the compromise FY12 omnibus appropriations bill, H.R. 2055, which the president signed into law on December 23.