Menendez Earns Perfect Score on 2011 National Environmental Scorecard

Menendez Earns Perfect Score on 2011 National Environmental Scorecard

Records voting stance on environmental, public health, and energy issues

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Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today received a 100% on the League of Conservations Voters' (LCV) 2011 National Environmental Scorecard which rates members of Congress on their advocacy for the environment and public health. The 2011 Scorecard includes votes on issues ranging from public health professionals to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation and reflects Senator Menendez's commitment to public health with a perfect record.

"I am very proud of my perfect score from the LCV which reflects my record of standing on the side of better public health, smarter energy and a cleaner environment," said Menendez. "Unfortunately, the 2011 Scorecard shows how anti-environmental this session of Congress has been, with far too many attacks on our public health and environmental protections by Republicans who stood on the side of corporate polluters. I hope this public scorecard forces my colleagues on the other side to clean up their acts."

The 2011 Scorecard includes 11 Senate and a 35 House votes. For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health and energy issues. Menendez received a perfect score from the LCV in 2009 and 2010.

Senator Menendez has long been recognized as an environmental leader in New Jersey and nationally. He led the fight to protect New Jersey from the threat of an oil spill like theDeepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When, pressured by the oil industry, the federalgovernment proposed drilling in waters less than 100 miles from Cape May, Menendez took on members of both parties and helped convince theadministration to suspend the planned drilling. Because he strongly believes taxpayers should not be on the hook for damages caused by a reckless industry, Menendez authored a proposal to require polluting oil companies to fully pay for their pollution. Senator Menendez is also a strong supporter of preserving our natural environment. He was a cosponsor of the Highlands Conservation Act and has led the effort to provide funding to protect this valuable open space. He also secured passage of legislation designating Paterson Great Falls a National Park.