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Public News Service SEATTLE - Washington's congressional delegation earned some of the highest, and lowest, numbers on an annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).
Members of Congress were rated on their 2013 votes in the House and Senate, on bills connected to clean energy, wildlife issues and land conservation.
Six of Washington's 10 representatives scored 89 or higher out of 100 points - but one score showed quite a drop.
Edie Gillis, interim director of Washington Conservation Voters, says redistricting appears to have affected some of Rep. Dave Reichert's views on environmental issues.
"Only four years ago, he scored about a 70 percent on our scorecard," Gillis explains. "And during the 113th Congress, he dropped to a 21 percent.
"It's certainly upsetting from an advocate's point of view to see his score change so much."
Gillis says the state's newest District 8 is more conservative than Reichert's former turf.
Sen. Maria Cantwell was the only Washington delegation member to get a 100 percent score; the total was 85 percent for Sen. Patty Murray. The average nationwide score was 57 percent for the Senate and 43 percent for the House.
The bills chosen to compile the scorecard this time included some party-line votes on hot-button issues, including regulating coal plant emissions, drilling for more offshore oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline. So, Gillis says it isn't surprising that three Republican representatives - Doc Hastings, Jaime Herrera-Beutler and Cathy McMorris Rodgers - scored in the single digits.
"These are all issues that affect our health and our well-being," she points out. "So, getting a four percent on LCV's scorecard is pretty outrageous. That means that they're putting the interests of big oil and big coal before the health of their own constituents."
The National Environmental Scorecard has been issued annually for more than 40 years.
Gillis says it's an accountability tool for voters, who may not otherwise track a mountain of legislative action over a year's time. For the same reason, the Washington group also compiles a state legislative scorecard every other year.