Voting Record

Sierra Club ranks Peter Roskam dead last in their rankings of congressional reps. for his voting record on environmental issues.

NAACP Gives Roskam an "F"  for his 2017 voting record on Civil Rights related legislation.

Roskam ranks near the bottom of all U.S. Representatives in support of environmental issues according to the League of Conservation Voters!

Roskam score - 3

Hultgren score - 0

Avg. House Rep. score - 47

Avg. Illinois Rep. score - 62

(The League of Conservation Voters is a leading voter action group working to protect the environment at the national, state and local level.)

Roskam comes in a tie for dead last in the support for LGBTQ Issues according to the Human Rights Campaign Group

Roskam score - 0

Hultgrem score - 0

Avg. House Rep. score - 46

Avg. Illinois Rep. score - 67

(HRC is the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide.)

 

 

Where does Peter Roskam stand on the issues?  click here to learn more! 

THE ROSKAM VOTING RECORD:


ROSKAM ON CIVIL RIGHTS AND WOMEN'S ISSUES:

  • Voted YES to roll back FCC privacy rules to all Internet Companies to collect and sell personal information (Mar 2017)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on enforcing against anti-gay hate crimes. (Apr 2009)

ROSKAN ON REGULATING WALL STREET:

  • Voted NO on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (June 2010)
  • Voted YES to rollback key regulations that control key Wall Street banking practices and effectively kill the CPA (June 2017)

ROSKAM ON THE ECONOMY:

  • Voted NO on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008)
  • Voted NO on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES to exempt Payday Loan and Car Title Loan companies from financial regulation. (Jun 2017)

ROSKAM ON ENERGY AND OIL:

  • Voted YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)

ROSKAM ON HEALTHCARE ISSUES:

  • Voted Yes in the Ways and Means Committee to replace the Affordable Care Act (March, 2016)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)

ROSKAM ON IMMIGRATION:

  • Position: Secure our borders and oppose amnesty. (Nov 2006)
  • Position: End Birthright Citizenship; no more anchor babies. (Apr 2009)

ROSKAM ON JOBS:

  • Voted NO on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)

ROSKAM ON TECHNOLOGY:

  • Voted YES to terminate funding for National Public Radio. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms' warrant-less surveillance. (Jun 2008)

ROSKAM POSITIONS ON GREEN ENERGY INITIATIVES:

  • Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules
  • Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP
  • Drill the Outer Continental Shelf; & license new nuke plants
  • NO on tax incentives for renewable energy
  • YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases:
  • YES on opening Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling
  • NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies
  • NO on investing in homegrown biofuel
  • NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation
  • NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets
  • NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution
  • NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program in 2009

Source:  http://www.ontheissues.org

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ROSKAM’S RECORD ON RECENT ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION

0 Votes for protecting the environment,  8 Votes against the environment

The Details:

HR 1009 Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act.

This legislation significantly reduces the independence of federal agencies and would lead to political interference by subjecting independent agency rulemakings to review by the office of the President. Effectively giving President Trump control of all public health, safety and environmental rules creation and enforcement.

Roskam Voted to place public health, safety and environmental rules under the control of President Trump.

HR 998 The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act      

This legislation creates a regulatory review commission that would disregard the public benefits of environmental safeguards and only consider the costs to industries. H.R. 998 also creates a misguided “cut-go” system for safeguards requiring any agency issuing a new safeguard to remove an existing safeguard of equal or greater cost , which would result in key public health protections being eliminated.

Roskam Voted to disregard the public benefits of environmental safeguards and instead make the costs to industry as the top priority.

HJR 69 "Resolution of Disapproval" of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule      

The Alaska National Wildlife Refuge Rule protects wildlife from inhumane control practices used in Alaska. These practices include killing wolves and bears in their dens, bear baiting, and using airplanes to scout and hunt bears. The Congressional Review Act, an extreme legislative tool, would not only overturn the current rule, but would prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from ever issuing "substantially similar" protections for wildlife on federal refuges in the future.

Roskam Voted to roll back controls on inhumane wildlife control practices in the Alaska Wildlife Refuge.

HJR 44 "Resolution of Disapproval" of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) “Planning 2.0” Rule   

This legislation repeals efforts to improve the management of public lands by increasing participation of local stakeholders. The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for managing more than 245 million acres of public lands. This bill forces the BLM to revert back to an outdated process that hasn’t been updated for over three decades. It would not only overturn the current rule but would prohibit the BLM from ever issuing a "substantially similar" rule in the future.

Roskam Voted to roll back rules to increase local participation of local stakeholders in land management practices by the Bureau of Land Management for public lands.

HJR 36 The Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule    

H.J. Res. 36, the Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” of the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule issued by the BLM intended to reduce methane emissions lost through venting, flaring and leaks on public lands. It will block efforts to reduce dangerous methane pollution released by the oil and gas industry on our public and tribal lands. This action, not only overturns the current rule, but prohibits the Bureau of Land Management from ever issuing "substantially similar" rules in the future to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry on public and tribal lands.

Roskam Voted to roll back rules to reduce methane emissions on public land in favor of the oil and gas industry.

HJR 38 Congressional Review Act “Resolution of Disapproval” of the Stream Protection Rule          

This “Resolution of Disapproval” of the Stream Protection Rule, threatens the drinking water and public health of communities living near coal mining operations by permanently blocking the Department of Interior’s recently finalized Stream Protection Rule. This important rule set out commonsense requirements for coal mining that would better protect ground water, surface water, and ecosystems from toxic coal mining waste, which has been linked to increased rates of cancer, birth defects, and other health problems in nearby communities. The rule protected 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests, set up new requirements for water quality monitoring and restoration, and generally compelled coal mining companies to reduce their impact on the surrounding environment. This action  would not only overturn the current rule, but would prohibit the Department of Interior from ever issuing "substantially similar" regulations in the future and effectively shuts down efforts to control or reduce the harmful impacts of coal mining, decimating the health and environment of everyone who lives near or downstream from these operations.

Roskam Voted to allow coal companies to dump mining waste in 6000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres forests.

HR 26   the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2017     

This bill delays or shuts down the implementation of vital public health and environmental safeguards against industries emitting toxins into our air and water. H.R. 26 requires both houses of Congress to approve all significant new public protections before they take effect—is redundant and unnecessary, since federal agencies by in large exercise authority that Congress has already delegated in authorizing legislation. H.R. 26 is a tool for industry to scuttle new health and environmental safeguards and could lead to more premature deaths, illnesses, and other serious health impacts.

Roskam Voted to shut down implementation of public and environmental safeguards and limit the EPA and other agencies ability to implement rules to control the emissions of toxins into our air and instead put them in political control of industry lobbies in congress.

HR 21   The Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017           

The Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017 threatens public health protections by allowing en bloc disapproval of all regulations finalized near the end of presidential terms. H.R. 21 essentially allows a new congress to roll back regulations put in place during the final months of the previous administration en-mass.

Roskam Voted to enable congress to roll back environmental and safety rules put in place in the final months of the Obama administration agencies.

Roskam Human Rights Voting Record

Roskam consistently opposes equal treatment of the LGBTQ community and goes 0 for 9 in 114th congress

The Details

Peters Amendment to the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies ACT (H. AMDT. 435)

Roskam voted against the amendment to the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577) to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors in the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

Maloney Amendment To the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veteran Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations ACT (H. AMDT. 1079)

Roskam voted against the amendment to the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4974) to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors in military construction and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Pittenger Amendment To The FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations ACT (H.AMDT. 1115)

Roskam voted against the  amendment to the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5055) to prohibit funds appropriated by the bill from being taken away from any entity in North Carolina for any reason including fraud, failure to carry out the terms of a contract, or if used in violation of the law.

Maloney Amendment To The FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations ACT (H.AMDT. 1128)

Roskam voted against an amendment to the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5055) to prohibit LGBTQ discrimination by federal contractors receiving funds that are appropriated by the Energy and Water appropriations bill.

Byrne Amendment To The FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations ACT (H.AMDT. 1130)

Roskam voted against an amendment to the FY 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5055) to reaffirm an executive order which added religious exemptions to long standing non-discrimination protections for federal contractors and to ensure that funds from the energy and water appropriations bill would not be used in contravention of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Equality ACT (HR 3185) (Co-Sponsorship)

Roskam opposed the Equality Act where Representatives were asked to co-sponsor legislation introduced on July 23, 2015, that would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.  The measure had 179 co-sponsors: Democrats 177; Republicans 2; Independents 0.

Student Non-Discrimination ACT (HR 846) (Co-Sponsorship)

Roskam opposed the Student Non-discrimination ACT where Representatives were asked to co-sponsor legislation introduced on February 10, 2015, that would prohibit public schools from discriminating against any student on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The measure had 174 co-sponsors: Democrats 171; Republicans 3; Independents 0.

Safe Schools Improvement ACT (HR 2902) (Co-Sponsorship)

Roskam opposed the Safe Schools Improvement ACT where Representatives were asked to co-sponsor legislation introduced on June 25,2015, that would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to require school districts in states that receive ESEA funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.  The measure had 184 co-sponsors: Democrats 170; Republicans 13; Independents 1.

Global Respect ACT (HR 2368) (Co-sponship)

Roskam opposed the Global Respect Act where Representatives were asked to co-sponsor legislation introduced on May 15, 2015, that would provide a means to prevent individuals who violate the human rights of LGBTQ people from entering into the United States.  The measure had 158 co-sponsors: Democrats 157; Republicans 1; Independents 0.