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Wis. Conservation Voters List Congressional Environment Votes

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The League of Conservation Voters is out with their annual survey determining how the state's Congressional delegation voted on environmental issues.

The state's two U.S. Senators...Democrat Tammy Baldwin, and Republican Ron Johnson stood in marked contrast according to Wisconsin League spokesperson Ryan Billingham...

"...We have two superstars, 100 percent voters. That was Senator Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Mark Pocan. They voted 100 percent of the time to protect our environment. Some of the worst actors were U.S. Senator Ron Johnson with zero percent, Rep. Sean Duffy with zero percent and Rep. Mike Gallagher with zero percent. Some of the others in the low end are Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner at 6 percent and Rep. Glenn Grothman at 3 percent. Some of the higher scores were Rep. Gwen Moore at 94 and Rep. Ron Kind at 89 percent..."

Billingham says the scores were tabulated over 15 key Congressional votes, some of which were for political appointees or judges who the League felt are bad for the environment...

(Voting for) "people directly from fossil fuel industries industries as an example. They ranged from the Farm Bill Conference Report to exposing waterways to invasive species..."

Billingham says all conservation voters should know how elected officials are voting. He says the public should applaud politicians who vote to favor the environment.

Nationally, the tabulation found the U.S. Senate voting favorably 51 percent of the time on issue the League found important, while the U.S. House was at 45 percent.

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