What: All Issues : Environment : Clean Water/Water Conservation : (H.R. 4715) On an amendment to an estuary (a body of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mixes with salt water from the sea) restoration bill requiring that changes in sea level be taken into account when implementing a comprehensive estuary conservation and management plan
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(H.R. 4715) On an amendment to an estuary (a body of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mixes with salt water from the sea) restoration bill requiring that changes in sea level be taken into account when implementing a comprehensive estuary conservation and management plan
house Roll Call 207     Apr 15, 2010
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Carol Shea Porter (D-NH) to an estuary restoration bill requiring that changes in sea level be taken into account when implementing a comprehensive  estuary conservation and management plan. Estuaries are bodies of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mix with salt water from the sea. The underlying bill authorized $50 million to be spent annually (through 2016) on a program to restore estuaries.

Shea Porter urged support for her amendment: "…Sea levels are changing. Whether you agree or disagree that global climate change is the cause, we should all be alarmed by the potential impact rising sea levels could have on these important habitats. It has been estimated that sea level rise could convert as much as 33 percent of the world's coastal wetlands to open water. That right would be a devastating loss for our coastal community."

No members spoke in opposition to the amendment. Rep. John Boozman (R-AR), speaking for the Republicans, said: "We do not oppose this amendment." A majority of GOP members, however, voted against it. As of press time, calls to multiple Republican congressional offices for comment were not returned.

The House agreed to the Shea Porter amendment by a vote of 294-109. 238 Democrats and 56 Republicans voted "yea." 107 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted "nay." As a result, the House agreed to an amendment to an estuary restoration bill requiring that changes in sea level be taken into account when implementing a comprehensive estuary conservation and management plan.

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