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Bob Smith on Environment

Republican Sr Senator (NH; retired 2002)


ESA: more recovery & delisting; more State & private role

The Endangered Species Act has not been as effective as it could be. Nearly a thousand species have been listed as endangered, however only a few have been recovered to sustainable populations.
Source: senate.gov/~smith “Smith on the Issues” Aug 30, 1999

Protect environment andprotect property rights

I have worked to ensure that the rights of property owners are not infringed upon by Federal mandates and regulation. I take seriously my oath to uphold the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. I also believe it is important to protect the environment for future generations and be good stewards of the land. It is not a matter of upholding one principle over the other. We should do both. We should ensure protection of the environment as well as private property rights.
Source: senate.gov/~smith “Smith on the Issues” Aug 30, 1999

Clarify jurisdiction to allow property-taking disputes

Under current law, land owners who dispute the government taking of their property might be transferred repeatedly between US District Court and the US Court of Federal Claims before proper jurisdiction is determined. This back and forth process has become known as the “Tucker Act Shuffle.” I believe that the existing “shuffle” process puts the property owner through a burdensome and unfair judicial maze, and I support legislation to rectify it.
Source: senate.gov/~smith “Smith on the Issues” Aug 30, 1999

Superfund: involve communities in brownfield cleanup

Source: senate.gov/~smith “Smith on the Issues” Aug 30, 1999

Pro-community & pro-schools trumps pro-environment

Today, Americans spend $200 billion dollars a year complying with environmental regulations. While I consider myself to be pro-environment, I am also pro-community, pro-schools, and pro-local government. I have had the opportunity to review many pieces of environmental legislation. I believe that the Federal Government must reassess how environmental laws are regulated to ensure that we only use the best, peer-reviewed science and the most cost-effective methods to meet our shared environmental goals.
Source: Smith’s Senate Home Page Jul 2, 1999

Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior.

Vote to confirm the nomination of Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. [Ms. Norton generally favors conservative or libertarian stances on the environment.]
Reference: Bill Confirmation vote ; vote number 2001-6 on Jan 30, 2001

Voted YES on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat.

The Bryan Amdt (D-NV) offered an amendment to raise funding levels for Forest Service road maintenance and wildlife and fisheries habitat management programs. Senator Craig (R-ID) motioned to table this amendment. [A YES vote is considered pro-business].
Status: Table Motion Agreed to Y)54; N)43; NV)3
Reference: Motion to table Bryan Amdt. #1588; Bill H.R. 2466 ; vote number 1999-272 on Sep 14, 1999

Voted YES on transportation demo projects.

McCain amendment to the transportation reauthorization bill (S. 1173) would require that funding for demonstration projects be covered by their respective state allocations instead of being funded individually in the transportation bill.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)78; N)22
Reference: McCain Amdt #1726; Bill S. 1173 ; vote number 1998-29 on Mar 12, 1998

Voted NO on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests.

Vote on an amendment to cut the $47.4 million provided for Forest Service road construction by $10 million, and to eliminate the purchaser credit program [which provides credits to timber companies to offset what they owe the government].
Reference: Bill HR.2107 ; vote number 1997-242 on Sep 17, 1997

Voted NO on continuing desert protection in California.

Invoking cloture on the California desert protection bill. ["Invoking cloture" means "ending the discussion and calling a vote." A NO vote in this case would continue discussing whether to terminate the existing program, and hence is considered pro-business and/or anti-environment].
Status: Cloture Agreed to Y)68; N)23; NV)9
Reference: California Desert Protection Act of 1993; Bill S. 21 ; vote number 1994-326 on Oct 8, 1994

Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments.

Require risk assessments of new EPA regulations.
Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)90; N)8; NV)2
Reference: Safe Drinking Water Act Amdt.s of '94; Bill S. 2019 ; vote number 1994-117 on May 18, 1994

Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup.

Smith co-sponsored an amendment to CERCLA:

Source: House Resolution Sponsorship 01-HR1831 on May 15, 2001

End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat.

Smith co-sponsored a resolution for the International Whaling Commission

Source: Resolution sponsored by 20 Senators 01-SR121 on Jun 29, 2001

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NH Gubernatorial:
John Lynch
NH Senatorial:
Jeanne Shaheen
Kelly Ayotte

Retiring as of Jan. 2011:
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Unseated as of Jan. 2011:
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