I'm going to post the entire press release with one bit of commentary. The news isn't all bad. Larry isn't anti-environment. It's actually one of his strengths. His district has some of the counties with the highest unemployment in the state and high unemployment is a chronic condition for them. Maybe, for the 8th District, this was just the right bill at the wrong time.
Those of you who pay attention to this stuff...there's a delicate little dance they do in Congress allowing certain members in competitive districts to vote with their district if they've been able to whip enough votes and know the legislation is going to pass. I can't help but think that Heath and Larry traded votes on this one. No way in hell Heath Shuler is left of Larry Kissell.
This legislation did not have overwhelming support among the masses. It's confusing and doesn't address an immediate problem most people face in their lives. Larry represents the people of the 8th District and I can assure you he made more people happy there than unhappy. It isn't his job to represent progressives in North Carolina. It's his job to represent the 8th District.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Larry Kissell (NC-08) reaffirmed his commitment to the environment and the citizens of the 8th District with his votes in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.
Kissell joined the majority of the House in voting to pass the 2010 Interior-Environment Spending Bill by a 254-173 margin. To protect his district from further job loss and increased energy costs, Kissell voted against H.R. 2454, the Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, also known as Cap and Trade.
“Protecting our environment is very important to me. My vote on the Interior Spending bill will improve national parks, increase funding for the Clean Water Act and the Drinking Water Fund, makes available millions of dollars to promote the development of renewable energy, and strengthens the Environmental Protection Agency,” Kissell said. “America must find a viable, common-sense, comprehensive policy to encourage green energy technology and end our dependence on foreign oil. I could not vote for Cap and Trade because it doesn't meet these goals for our nation and endangers the economy of our district. With unemployment in the Eighth District in double-digits, now is not the time to pass legislation that will raise energy prices and possibly cost our district more jobs.”
The Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill provides $2.3 billion for the Clean Water Act, allowing states to address the nation’s aging wastewater infrastructure. It contains $1.4 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund; $2.75 billion for improvements in the national park system; $503 million for the National Wildlife Refuges. H.R. 2996, also, contains $420 million for climate change research and adaptation efforts such as $15 million for the National Global Warming and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey; $10 million for grants at EPA to encourage local communities to cut their greenhouse gas emissions; and $58 million to promote the development of renewable clean energy sources on federal lands and waters.