Sen. Breen earns perfect record for conservation votes in 2016

Posted: August 25, 2016 | Environment and Natural Resources, Senator Breen

AUGUSTA — Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, received a perfect score for her votes to protect Maine’s environment, support clean energy and defend state conservation programs, according to a legislative scorecard compiled by Maine Conservation Voters.

Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth.

Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth.

“I have always said that good stewardship isn’t just important for our environment, but for our economy,” said Sen. Breen, the ranking Senate Democrat on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee. “Policies to promote clean energy, clean air and clean water are essential to sustaining and growing our natural resources-based economy and the jobs in industries like agriculture and aquaculture, fishing, tourism and outdoor activities. They are also critical to maintaining the quality of life for which Maine is known around the world. I’m proud of my record, and will continue to fight for Maine’s environment.”

Sen. Breen received a 100 percent score for key votes taken during the 2016 legislative session. Those include votes to defend Land for Maine’s Future against Gov. Paul LePage, whose attacks against the program threatened conservation projects in Cumberland and Falmouth, as well as other locations around the state.

Sen. Breen also voted to support new jobs and expand the state’s renewable energy portfolio by growing Maine’s solar power industry, and voted to defeat a bill that would threaten clean water.

Maine Conservation Voters recognized Sen. Breen for opposing a bill by Gov. LePage that sought to limit the federal government’s ability to conserve land in northern Maine. The bill, which aimed to prevent the creation of a national monument east of Baxter State Park, raised significant constitutional concerns, according to Attorney General Janet Mills, and was ultimately unenforceable. That monument was created earlier this week in a proclamation by President Barack Obama, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

MCV’s complete scorecard is available here.