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13-S741 on Apr 16, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: North American Wetlands Conservation Extension Act (NAWCA)
Source: S.741 / H.R.2208
Congressional Summary: Extends through 2017 the allocations to carry out approved wetlands conservation projects.

Proponent's argument for bill:(US Fish and Wildlife Service statement on NAWCA): The North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 provides matching grants to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. The Standard Grants Program supports projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. The Small Grants Program supports the same type of projects but project activities are usually smaller in scope, [under] $75,000.

Opponent's argument against bill: (Heritage Foundation 2008 statement on wetlands enforcement): The 2006 Supreme Court ruling in Rapanos v. US restricts the EPA from setting a strict and expansive definition on what classifies as a wetland and what can and can't be regulated. The EPA defines wetlands as "including swamps, marshes, bogs, and similar areas", but it is more complicated than that. For instance, in the Rapanos case, Rapanos' land was 20 miles away from navigable water, but under the EPA's unrestrained definition, the term "navigable water" was also broadly defined. Having such an expansive definition would allow the EPA to run wild with environmental regulation. A less expansive definition may beget more uncertainty as to how the EPA should regulate wetlands, but it will also lead to more careful deliberation rather than unwarranted regulations.

Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.R.2208

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 8. Question 8: EPA regulations are too restrictive Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Matching grants for wetlands conservation projects (Score: -2)
  • Headline 3: EPA's "wetlands" definition regulates too broadly (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 8.
  • Headline: Sponsored matching grants for wetlands conservation projects (Answer: D)
  • Headline 2: Matching grants for wetlands conservation projects (Answer: D)
  • Headline 3: EPA's "wetlands" definition regulates too broadly (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 8 on Environment: Which of the following statements comes closest to your personal view?
    • A: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity
    • B: Natural resources exist for the benefit of humanity, but should be somewhat protected
    • C: Natural resources should be mostly protected, but also exist for the benefit of humanity
    • D: Natural resources exist on their own and should be completely protected
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 13-S741

Max Baucus s1oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Apr 16, 2013
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Apr 16, 2013
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratApr 16, 2013
Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorApr 16, 2013
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Apr 17, 2013
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr SenatorApr 18, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalApr 16, 2013

Republicans participating in 13-S741

Roy Blunt s1oMissouri Republican (until 2010)Apr 16, 2013
John Boozman s1oAR Republican Jr SenatorApr 16, 2013
Thad Cochran s1oMS Republican Sr SenatorApr 16, 2013
Michael Crapo s1oID Republican Sr SenatorApr 16, 2013
James Inhofe s1oOK Republican Sr SenatorApr 16, 2013
Rob Portman s1oOH Republican Jr SenatorMay 13, 2013
David Vitter s2pLA Republican 2015 Gubernatorial candidateApr 16, 2013
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008)Apr 16, 2013

Independents participating in 13-S741

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 7
Republicans: 8
Independents: 0

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