Campaign 2010

Jun 28, 2013

Vote Alert: Congressman Dan Benishek Fails to Protect Great Lakes

Today Congressman Dan Benishek abandoned his constituents, failing to protect Michigan’s greatest natural resource, the Great Lakes, from ruinous drilling. Congressman Benishek abdicated responsibility by voting “present” on a bill that would prohibit drilling operations in the Great Lakes. More than half a million Michiganders depend on the Great Lakes for their jobs and livelihoods.

“Congressman Benishek’s failure to protect Michigan’s Great Lakes from drilling today was appalling,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Great Lakes are critical to Michigan’s economy and quality of life, but Congressman Benishek failed to vote to protect this vital natural resource from dangerous oil and gas drilling— and this is not the first time. Congressman Benishek has a pattern of voting against keeping the Great Lakes clean and against Michigan jobs, and owes his constituents an explanation.”

Background

Benishek Voted “Present” to Allow Drilling in the Great Lakes.  On June 28 2013, Benishek voted “present” on a measure that would have prevented oil and gas exploration in the Great Lakes. [HR 2231, Vote #303, 6/28/13]  

Benishek Voted to Allow Drilling in the Great Lakes Last Year. On February 16, 2012, House Republicans voted against a measure that would have prevented oil and gas exploration in the Great Lakes and the Florida Everglades. [HR 3408, Vote #70, 2/16/12]

University of Michigan: Great Lakes Provide 1.5 Million Jobs. “The Great Lakes provide 1.5 million jobs in the U.S., and $62 billion in wages every year, according to a study by Michigan Sea Grant at the University of Michigan. The study said Michigan has the most jobs related to the Great Lakes, with 525,886. [Grand Rapids Press, 2/24/11]