The OIA Congressional Scorecard Is Your Resource for Grading Congress

July 22, 2018

Across the country, the outdoor industry is quickly becoming a political force. From defending our public lands, to working for smart trade and climate policy, the industry’s voice is being heard.. And now, in order to keep our members and the public informed OIA has created our new OIA Congressional Scorecard – the Official Scorecard of the Outdoor Recreation Industry. Starting today, we will let Congress know that we are watching how they vote, how they support the industry and the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy, and that we will be grading them on how they do.

The OIA Congressional Scorecard not only grades votes on specific legislation, but will reflect the overall support of members of Congress based on the bills they sponsor that may help or hurt the outdoor industry.

The OIA Scorecard evaluated the following pieces of legislation that made it to a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives or United States Senate and gives extra credit for support for introduced legislation that is good for the outdoor industry or a penalty for support of introduced legislation that is bad for the outdoor industry. We also give extra credit for membership in the House Outdoor Recreation Caucus or the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus

Floor Votes

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HR 3905 – Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

HR 3354 –Appropriations Act

OIA Vote Recommendation: Yes

HJ Res 44 – BLM Master Leasing Plan CRA

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

HJ Res 36 – Methane Flaring Rule CRA

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

HR 4318 – Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018

OIA Vote Recommendation: Yes

HR 1625 – Consolidated Appropriations Act (Includes GSP, DOI Funding, WDFA)

OIA Vote Recommendation: Yes

(RC199) Amendment 69 – Exempt Alaska’s two national forests from the Roadless Rule

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

US SENATE

H Con Res 71 on S. Amend. 1301 – Prevent oil and gas development within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

OIA Vote Recommendation: Yes

HJ Res 44 – BLM Master Leasing Plan CRA

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

HJ Res 36 – Methane Flaring Rule CRA

OIA Vote Recommendation: No

HR 1625 – Consolidated Appropriations Act (Includes GSP, DOI Funding, WDFA)

OIA Vote Recommendation: Yes

 Extra Credit Legislation

OIA PRIORITY LEGISLATION:

  • US OUTDOOR Act (HR 3645, S 1719)
  • GSP Footwear Act of 2017 (HR 2735, S 2032)
  • Recreation Not Red Tape Act (HR3400, S 1633)
  • RAMPARTS (S 118)
  • Outdoor Economy Climate Resolution (H Res 825)

OIA SUPPORTED LEGISLATION:

  • Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (HR 2862, S 1842)
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (HR 502, S 896, S 569)
  • Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (HR 4318, S 2108)
  • Extend the Generalized System of Preferences (HR 4979)
  • Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2017 (HR 825, S 282)
  • Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018 (HR5727, S2809)
  • Hemp Farming Act of 2018 (HR 5485, S 2667)
  • National Park Restoration Act (HR 5210, S 3172)

OIA OPPOSED LEGISLATION:

  • National Monument Creation and Protection Act (HR 3990)
  • Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (HR 2936)
  • Grand Staircase Escalante Enhancement Act (HR 4558)
  • Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act (HR 4532)

Other

  • Membership in the House Outdoor Recreation Caucus or the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus

If there is a bill you think should be added to the scores please let us know at ga@outdoorindustry.org.

Thank you for your support of the industry and don’t forget to #VoteTheOutdoors!