Don't let their interest group ratings fool you: Some freshman House Republicans care deeply about the environment. After he learned that the League of Conservation Voters had awarded him a zero out of a 100 percent for his vote last month on H.R. 1, the continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Sept. 30, Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida echoed a protest heard from several freshmen about being rated for a vote. Southerland said that while he cares a lot about the environment, "right now the economy is number one." Southerland and others also pointed to what they describe as the overreach by U.S. EPA and other federal agencies as the impetus behind their votes.