Democrats strongly believe in our responsibility to serve as stewards of our environment and public lands for current and future generations. Instead of working with Democrats, President Trump and Congressional Republicans have focused relentlessly on rolling back environmental and public health protections, shutting down public lands, and allowing the inhumane killing of animals on wildlife refuges. In addition, the President withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, abdicating American leadership and undermining our national security and America’s credibility. Already, countries like China are stepping up to replace American leadership on climate change.
Despite President Trump’s misguided decision, Democrats remain committed to protecting our planet for future generations. The Democratic Majority has led dozens of hearings on the climate crisis and has passed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which prohibits any federal funds from being used to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, ensuring America honors its Paris Agreement commitments, and laying the groundwork for further action.
The Democratic Majority is also committed to protecting our public lands. After months of negotiations between both parties in both chambers, a bipartisan conservation and public lands package was enacted that includes a permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
House Democrats will continue to advance legislation to address climate change; invest in our nation’s clean energy future while spurring job creation and economic growth; and protect public lands and the environment for generations to come.