Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Frelinghuysen's voting record troubles enviro advocates

In the past, Frelinghuysen often stood with Democrats on environmental issues including former Senators Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine here supporting legislation to save the Highlands in 2003. His environmental voting record – as scored by the League of Conservation Voters – has plummeted since 2008

Scott Fallon reports for The Record:

A decade ago he was garnering favorable ratings and the occasional endorsement from environmental groups for his work to preserve open space across North Jersey.

Now he’s the subject of protests by advocates who criticize his recent voting record and fear he may uphold some of President Donald Trump's severe cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

Rodney Frelinghuysen - Tariq Zehawi 
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen sits at the crossroads of his environmental record. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, the 12-term Republican congressman from Morris County is one of the most important figures in determining EPA’s future.

Trump has called for the agency's budget to be cut by almost a third, saying EPA has inhibited economic growth through overreaching regulation. But Congress controls the federal government's purse strings. The Appropriations Committee has slowly been rolling out spending bills in recent weeks. And at the center of that is Frelinghuysen.

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