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Conservation group rates Oregon delegation

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Most get high marks in 2015 scorecard; GOP's Walden an exception.


Oregon’s delegation generally bucked congressional majorities and sided with environmental groups, based on a 2015 scorecard of their votes released Wednesday (Feb. 24) by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

“Once again, too many members of Congress were complicit in extreme attacks on both bedrock environmental laws and more recent progress to protect our air, water, public lands and wildlife,” says Doug Moore, executive director of the Oregon league.

“Fortunately, our congressional delegation consistently opposed these polluter-driven attacks, fighting for the health of Oregonians, our environment, and our future.”

The national league compiled 25 selected votes in the Senate, the second highest ever recorded, and 35 in the House, tying the record for the most scored for the fourth time in five years. The average for a senator was 45 percent, and for a representative, 41 percent.

In the Senate, Democrats Jeff Merkley scored 100 percent, and Ron Wyden 92 percent, of the 25 votes the national group scored in the first session of the 114th Congress.

Oregon was among 17 states, including California and Washington, whose senators averaged between 80 and 100 percent.

In the House, Democrats Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici scored 97 percent, Democrat Peter DeFazio, 91 percent, Democrat Kurt Schrader, 57 percent, and Republican Greg Walden — Oregon’s lone GOP member — at zero of 35 scored votes.

Oregon was among four states, including California, whose representatives averaged between 60 and 79 percent. House delegations from seven states — all of them in the East except Hawaii — averaged between 80 and 100 percent.

The 2015 scores for Oregon’s delegation generally reflect their voting patterns during their congressional tenures.

In the Senate, Merkley’s lifetime rating from the national league is 99 percent, Wyden’s, 90 percent.

In the House, Bonamici is at a lifetime of 97 percent, Blumenauer 95 percent, DeFazio 90 percent, Schrader 70 percent, and Walden 10 percent.

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For the complete scorecard by the national League of Conservation Voters:

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