Razor-Thin Victory For Climate Change; 50/50 split among Great Lakes Fencesitters

In a narrow victory, the US House passed the first ever bill to deal with the affects of climate change on the Great Lakes. It will also provide future dollars toward protection and restoration efforts. In the end, eight republicans joined in the “yes” vote (two from the Great Lakes districts we asked you to call!) as well as several of the Great Lakes fencesitters. The final vote was 219 to 212.

The day of the vote, we asked you to contact twelve of the Great Lakes lawmakers that had not made up their mind yet and remind them that the legislation will significantly help the lakes combat the ravages of climate change. All but one of the dozen lawmakers have districts that border the Great Lakes. In the end, six voted for the legislation and six voted against it. Following is a breakdown of the yeas and nays from the GL list:

A Yes Vote for the Climate Change Bill
John McHugh (R-NY)
Mark Kirk (R-Ill)
Milissa Bean (D-Ill)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich)
Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Marcia Fudge (D-OH)

A No Vote Against the Climate Change Bill
Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA)
Peter Visclosky (R-IN)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
Tom Petri (R-Wisc.)
Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich. – his district isn’t on the lakes but he sure is a Great Lakes Champion.)

Thank you for those who called or wrote – it made a real difference that will be experienced in the Great Lakes for future generations.

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