Green Group Gives Md. Congressional Delegation — Minus Harris — High Marks

The League of Conservation Voters issued its annual congressional scorecard Tuesday, and both Maryland senators — Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Christopher Van Hollen (D) — received perfect scores.

Rep. Andrew P. Harris
Rep. Andrew P. Harris

Five of the state’s Democratic House members — Reps. Anthony G. Brown, John K. Delaney, Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger — also got 100 percent on the LCV scorecard.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D), the House minority whip, got a 97 percent score.

The state’s seventh House Democrat, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, scored 63 percent. But that’s because he missed several votes due to illness. He was in line with LCV’s priorities on every scored measure whenever he did vote.

Maryland’s lone Republican House member, Rep. Andrew P. Harris, scored just 6 percent on the LCV scorecard. But that was a tick higher than the 5 percent average for the entire House Republican caucus.

The green group graded House lawmakers on 35 pieces of legislation that hit the floor in 2017. Senators were scored on 19 votes, including those on 11 of President Trump’s nominees.

Tiernan Sittenfeld, the LCV’s vice president for government affairs, called 2017 “an unmitigated disaster for the environment and public health” at the federal level.

She referred to Senate Democrats like Cardin and Van Hollen as a “green firewall” against Republican efforts to dismantle environmental regulations and make significant budget cutbacks to federal environmental agencies.

Josh Kurtz
Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.

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