Martha McSally was appointed to the US Senate in December 2018. Previously, McSally served in the US House of Representatives, representing Arizona’s 2nd congressional district since 2015. While serving in the US House of Representatives,McSally supported permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but opposed protections for sage grouse as well as the establishment of new national monuments in Arizona and other western states. She opposed limits on public land transfers, as well as limits on methane pollution.
Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy
Then-Rep. McSally opposed establishing new monuments in Arizona and other Western states.
McSally voted to block all funds from being used to establish national monuments in seven western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah. [Environment and Energy Daily, 07/09/15]
Then-Rep. McSally supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
McSally voted to permanently reauthorize LWCF. McSally voted for the motion to support permanent authorization of the LWCF, but it did not pass. [Congressional Quarterly, 05/26/16]
Then-Rep. McSally supported public lands transfers.
McSally voted against placing limits on public lands transfers, an amendment introduced by Rep. Jared Polis on an Interior Department funding bill that would have blocked funding to initiate any federal land transfers, disposals, or sales that were not in the public interest or were not part of Federal Lands Transfer Facilitation Act. [National Wildlife Federation Press Release, 09/14/17]
Then-Rep. McSally opposed stopping polluters from emitting harmful methane on public lands.
McSally voted to overturn the methane rule. She voted for a resolution that would repeal a regulation aimed at curbing “fugitive” methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. [Washington Post, 02/03/17]
Then-Rep. McSally opposed the conservation of sage grouse.McSally voted against preserving sage grouse conservation plans. She voted no on an amendment that would protect plans to conserve the threatened sage grouse’s habitat across the western United States. The amendment was rejected by the House. [House Clerk, 07/14/16]