Congress Failed Arctic Wildlife

Yesterday, a majority in Congress voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain to mandated oil and gas drilling. This is a spectacular but fragile ecosystem, a place often referred to as ‘America’s Last Great Wilderness,’ and home to polar bears, caribou, musk oxen and many other kinds of wildlife.  The National Wildlife Federation condemns this passage of the tax reform bill that includes the provision for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeYou may be asking yourself what drilling in the Arctic Refuge has to do with taxes – how did the tax bill end up requiring lease sales that could forever devastate caribou migration grounds and polar bear denning habitat?

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation that mandates oil and gas lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Coastal Plain and the legislation ultimately was approved as a provision in the final tax bill. Thus, a vote for the tax bill became a vote to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. See how your members of Congress voted and tweet a message:

Voted FOR drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by voting YES on the tax bill

Alabama: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Richard Shelby, Sen. Luther Strange Rep. Bradley Byrne, Rep. Martha Roby, Rep. Mike Rogers, Rep. Robert Aderholt, Rep. Mo Brooks, Rep. Gary Palmer

Alaska: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Dan Sullivan, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Rep. Don Young

Arkansas: Tweet your disappointment  to Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Rick Crawford, Rep. French Hill, Rep. Steve Womack, Rep. Bruce Westerman

Arizona: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Jeff Flake, Rep. Martha McSally, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Andy Biggs, Rep. David Schweikert

California: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Doug LaMalfa, Rep. Tom McClintock, Rep. Paul Cook, Rep. Jeff Denham, Rep. Ed Royce, Rep. Ken Calvert, Rep. Mimi Walters, Rep. David Valadao, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Steve McKnight, Rep. Devin Nunes

Colorado: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Cory Gardner, Rep. Scott Tipton, Rep. Ken Buck, Rep. Doug Lamborn, Rep. Mike Coffman

Florida:

Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Tom Rooney, Rep. Brian Mast, Rep. Francis Rooney, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Neal Dunn, Rep. Ted Yoho, Rep. John Rutherford, Rep. Ron DeSantis, Rep. Bill Posey, Rep. Daniel Webster, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Vern Buchanan

Georgia:

Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Johnny Isakson, Sen. David Perdue

Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Buddy Carter, Rep. Drew Ferguson, Rep. Karen Handel, Rep. Rob Woodall, Rep. Austin Scott, Rep. Doug Collins, Rep. Jody Hice, Rep. Barry Loudermilk, Rep. Rick Allen, Rep. Tom Graves

Iowa: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. David Young, Rep. Steve King

Idaho: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Jim Risch, Sen. Mike Crapo, Rep. Raul Labrador, Rep. Mike Simpson

Illinois: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Peter Roskam, Rep. Mike Bost, Rep. Rodney Davis, Rep. Randy Hultgren, Rep. Jim Shimkus, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Rep. Darin LaHood

Indiana: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Todd Young, Rep. Jackie Walorski, Rep. Jim Banks, Rep. Todd Rokita, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Luke Messer, Rep. Larry Bucshon, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth

Kansas: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Jerry Moran, Sen. Pat Roberts, Rep. Roger Marshall, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Rep. Kevin Yoder

Kentucky: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Rand Paul, Rep. James Comer Jr., Rep. Brett Guthrie, Rep. Thomas Massie, Rep. Hal Rogers, Rep. Andy Barr

Louisiana: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. John Kennedy, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Clay Higgins, Rep. Mike Johnson, Rep. Ralph Abraham, Rep. Garret Graves

Maryland: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Andy Harris

Maine: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Bruce Poliquin

Michigan: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Jack Bergman, Rep. Bill Huizenga, Rep. Justin Amash, Rep. John Moolenaar, Rep. Fred Upton, Rep. Tim Walberg, Rep. Mike Bishop, Rep. Paul Mitchell, Rep. David Trott

Minnesota: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Jason Lewis, Rep. Erik Paulsen, Rep. Tom Emmer

Missouri: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Roy Blunt, Rep. Ann Wagner, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Sam Graves, Rep. Billy Long, Rep. Jason Smith

Mississippi: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Thad Cochran, Sen. Roger Wicker, Rep. Trent Kelly, Rep. Gregg Harper, Rep. Steven Palazzo

Montana: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Steve Daines, Rep. Greg Gianforte

North Carolina: Tweet Your Disappointment to Sen. Richard Burr, Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. George Holding, Rep. Virginia Foxx, Rep. Mark Walker, Rep. David Rouzer, Rep. Richard Hudson, Rep. Robert Pittenger, Rep. Patrick McHenry, Rep. Mark Meadows, Rep. Ted Budd

North Dakota: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. John Hoeven, Rep. Kevin Cramer

Nebraska: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Ben Sasse, Sen. Deb Fischer, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Rep. Don Bacon, Rep. Adrian Smith

New Jersey: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Tom MacArthur

New Mexico: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Steve Pearce

Nevada: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Dean Heller, Rep. Mark Amodei

New York: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Claudia Tenney, Rep. Tom Reed, Rep. John Katko, Rep. Chris Collins

Ohio:

Tweet Your Disappointment to Rep. Steve Chabot, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, Rep. Jim Jordan, Rep. Bob Latta, Rep. Bill Johnson, Rep. Bob Gibbs, Rep. Warren Davidson, Rep. Mike Turner, Rep. Pat Tiberi, Rep. David Joyce

Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Steve Stivers

Oklahoma: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford, Rep. Jim Bridenstine, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Rep. Frank Lucas, Rep. Tom Cole, Rep. Steve Russell

Oregon: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Greg Walden

Pennsylvania:

Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Mike Kelly, Rep. Scott Perry, Rep. Glenn Thompson, Rep. Ryan Costello, Rep. Pat Meehan, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Rep. Bill Shuster, Rep. Tom Marino, Rep. Lou Barletta, Rep. Keith Rothfus

Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Charlie Dent, Rep. Lloyd Smucker

South Carolina: Tweet Your Disappointment to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Mark Sanford, Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Ralph Norman, Rep. Tom Rice

South Dakota: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. John Thune, Sen. Mike Rounds, Rep. Kristi Noem

Tennessee: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Bob Corker, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. John J. Duncan, Rep. Charles J. Fleischmann, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Diane Black, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. David Kustoff

Texas:

Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Louis B. “Louie” Gohmert Jr., Rep. Ted Poe, Rep. Sam Johnson, Rep. John Ratcliffe, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Joe Barton, Rep. John Culberson, Rep. Kevin Brady, Rep. Michael McCaul, Rep. Mike Conaway

Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Kay Granger, Rep. Mac Thornberry, Rep. Randy Weber, Rep. Bill Flores, Rep. Jodey Arrington, Rep. Pete Olson, Rep. Will Hurd, Rep. Kenny Marchant, Rep. Roger Williams

Tweet your disappointment to Sen. John Cornyn, Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Rep. Blake Farenthold, Rep. John Carter, Rep. Pete Sessions, Rep. Brian Babin

Utah: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Rob Bishop, Rep. Chris Stewart, Rep. Mia Love, Rep. John Curtis

Virginia: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Rob Wittman, Rep. Scott Taylor. Rep. Thomas Garrett, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Rep. David Brat, Rep. Morgan Griffith, Rep. Barbara Comstock

Washington: Tweet your disappointment to Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, Rep. Dan Newhouse, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, Rep. Dave Reichert

Wisconsin: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Glenn Grothman, Rep. Sean Duffy, Rep. Mike Gallagher

West Virginia: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rep. David McKinley, Rep. Alexander Mooney, Rep. Evan Jenkins

Wyoming: Tweet your disappointment to Sen. Barrasso, Sen. Enzi, Rep. Cheney

 

Voted AGAINST drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by voting NO on the tax bill

Alabama: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Terri Sewell

Arizona: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Tom O’Halleran, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema

California: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Jared Huffman, Rep. John Garamendi, Rep. Mike Thompson, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Ami Bera, Rep. Jerry McNerney, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Jim Costa

Tweet your thanks to Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Jimmy Panetta, Rep. Salud Carbajal, Rep. Julia Brownley, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Tony Cardenas, Rep. Brad Sherman

Tweet your thanks to Rep. Pete Aguilar, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Jimmy Gonzalez, Rep. Norma Torres, Rep. Raul Ruiz, Rep. Karen Bass, Rep. Linda Sanchez, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Mark Takano

Tweet your thanks to Senator Diane Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Nanette Barragan, Rep. Lou Correa, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Juan Vargas, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Susan Davis

Colorado: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Michael Bennet, Rep. Diana DeGette, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. Ed Perlmutter

Connecticut: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Sen. Chris Murphy, Rep. John Larson, Rep. Joe Courtney, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Delaware: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

Florida: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Bill Nelson, Rep. Al Lawson, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Rep. Darren Soto, Rep. Val Demings, Rep. Charlie Crist, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Lois Frankel, Rep. Ted Deutch, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. Fredrica Wilson

Georgia: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Sanford Bishop, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. John Lewis, Rep. David Scott

Hawaii: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Indiana: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Joe Donnelly, Rep. Peter Visclosky, Rep. Andre Carson

Illinois:

Tweet your thanks to Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bobby Rush, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Dan Lipinski, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Danny Davis, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Tweet your thanks to Rep. Brad Schneider, Rep. Bill Foster, Rep. Cheri Bustos

Iowa: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Dave Loebsack

Kentucky: Tweet your thanks to Rep. John Yarmuth

Louisiana: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Cedric Richmond

Maine: Tweet your thanks thanks to Sen. Angus King Rep. Chellie Pingree

Maryland: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Ben Cardin, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Anthony Brown, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Jamie Raskin

Massachusetts: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Ed Markey, Rep. Richard Neal, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Michael Capuano, Rep. Stephen Lynch, Rep. Bill Keating

Michigan: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Sen. Gary Peters, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Sander Levin, Rep. Debbie Dingell Rep. Brenda Lawrence

Minnesota: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Collin Peterson Rep. Rick Nolan

Missouri: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Claire McCaskill, Rep. Lacy Clay, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Montana: Tweet your thanks to Sen. John Tester

Nevada: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Jacky Rosen, Rep. Ruben Kihuen

New Hampshire: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Maggie Hassan, Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster

New Jersey: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Bob Menendez, Rep. Donald Norcross, Rep. Frank LoBiondo, Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Leonard Lance, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Donald Payne Jr., Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Rep. Bonne Watson Coleman

New Mexico: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tom Udall, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Lujan

New York:

Tweet your thanks to Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Thomas Suozzi, Rep. Kathleen Rice, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Rep. Yvette Clark, Rep. Jerrold Nadler

Tweet your thanks to Rep. Daniel Donovan, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Eliot Engel, Rep. Nita Lowey, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Rep. John Faso, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Elise Stefanik

Tweet your thanks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Louise Slaughter, Rep. Brian Higgins

North Carolina: Tweet your thanks to Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Walter Jones, Rep. David Price, Rep. Alma Adams

North Dakota: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Ohio: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Joyce Beatty, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Marcia Fudge, Rep. Tim Ryan

Oregon: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Rep. Kurt Schrader

Pennsylvania: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Bob Brady, Rep. Dwight Evans, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Matt Cartwright

Rhode Island: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. David Cicilline

South Carolina: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Jim Clyburn

Tennessee: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Jim Cooper and Rep. Steve Cohen

Texas: Tweet your thanks to Rep. Al Green, Rep. Vincente Gonzalez, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Joaquin Castro, Rep. Henry Cuellar, Rep. Gene Green, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Marc Veasey, Rep. Filemon Vela, Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Vermont: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Peter Welch

Virginia: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine, Rep. Bobby Scott, Rep. Donald McEachin, Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Gerry Connolly

Washington: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Maria Cantwell, Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Rick Larsen, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Rep. Adam Smith, Rep. Denny Heck

West Virginia: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin

Wisconsin: Tweet your thanks to Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Rep. Ron Kind, Rep. Gwen Moore

 

The fight to restore protections for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will continue in the courts and in corporate boardrooms—and we will work with our champions in Congress on legislation to fight this mandate. Thank you to all who continue to stand strong to safeguard polar bears, caribou, musk oxen, migratory birds and all wildlife that live in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge!

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