Americans care deeply about national parks and believe they deserve the best protection possible. It is the job of members of Congress, who represent the American people, to ensure parks are well funded and that laws protect them.
It’s easy for members of Congress to say they love national parks. Particularly those in or near their own districts and states, but the decisions lawmakers make in Washington have profound effects – both directly and indirectly – on all national parks. Ultimately, when it comes to their work in Washington, does a member’s rhetoric match their record?
The National Parks Action Fund’s 2016 Scorecard assessed members of the 114th Congress, scoring them on key votes concerning park funding, important preservation tools like the Antiquities Act, and protections for water and wildlife.