Protecting Our Environment

Energy and the Environment
President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw the U.S. From the Paris Climate Agreement Makes America Less Safe, and puts our environment, economy, and public health at risk.

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, Republicans in Congress have focused relentlessly on rolling back environmental and public health protections. Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, Republicans have voted to undermine clean air protections, take away protections that keep drinking water sources safe, shut down public lands, and allow the inhumane killing of animals on wildlife refuges.

In addition to actions taken by Republicans in Congress, President Trump announced earlier this year that he is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accords – an agreement signed by almost 200 countries that will work to combat climate change. This decision is an abdication of American leadership and undermines 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 and advocating for policies that address climate change and invest in our nation’s clean energy future while spurring job creation and economic growth.

Energy and the Environment Related
I am pleased that the House and Senate have now approved bipartisan legislation to safeguard America’s public lands.  This is an example of what Democrats and Republicans can do when we work together in good faith. 
2/26/19
Climate change was conspicuously absent from Tuesday’s State of the Union address, and call us nostalgic for a bygone era (read: two years ago) when science was valued and not feared, but we wanted to be sure you saw NASA’s announcement that 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record.
2/7/19
The Trump Administration is once again having Americans believe, falsely, that they must choose between a strong economy and basic safeguards to protect public health through this new proposal to undermine the Clean Water Act.
12/11/18
I am proud to stand here with Chairman Grijalva, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Gallego, tribal leaders, and native Alaskans whose identity, culture, and way of life are deeply tied to their lands.
12/11/18
Today’s report by federal climate scientists, released on a day when the Trump Administration believed fewer Americans would see it, reveals the alarming extent of our global climate challenges.
11/23/18
Any new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada ought to advantage American workers, farmers, and businesses; benefit consumers; and strengthen our relationships with our neighbors.
10/1/18
House Republicans could have worked with Democrats to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that provides certainty for America’s farmers and supports programs that combat hunger.
9/6/18
Today, the Trump Administration doubled down on its war on clean air by ending the Clean Power Plan and replacing it with a proposal to advantage the same polluters whose former lobbyists and executives now populate the EPA and other Administration agencies
8/21/18
Intent on reversing every single policy the Obama Administration put in place to protect workers, consumers, public health, and the environment, today’s announcement shows that the Trump Administration is playing dangerous, partisan games with our nation’s energy security.
8/2/18
After having failed to pass their partisan Farm Bill last month, Republican leaders brought to the Floor a second time a bad bill that takes food assistance away from hungry families. 
6/21/18
Today's farm bill vote shows how deeply divided House Republicans continue to be
5/18/18
Just another day in the deeply divided and dysfunctional GOP Majority:
 
5/18/18
Add AARP to the growing list of organizations opposed to Republicans’ partisan Farm Bill. Through its extensive cuts to nutrition assistance, the GOP Farm Bill will put millions of seniors at risk of going hungry. Take a look at what AARP has to say here or see excerpts below:
 
5/16/18
Republicans could have worked with Democrats on a bipartisan Farm Bill, but instead they are doing what they do best: fighting over an unpopular, controversial bill that no one on their side of the aisle likes.
5/9/18
Instead of working in a bipartisan fashion to support America’s farmers and address food insecurity, House Republicans have once again written a deeply flawed, unpopular Farm Bill that cuts vital nutrition assistance programs that keep 40 million Americans from going hungry; fails to support economic opportunity for rural America; and weakens environmental protections.
5/8/18
On this Earth Day, which we observe on Sunday, let us recommit ourselves to the task of preserving our planet to sustain future generations.
4/21/18
I am disappointed that Chairman Conaway has chosen to mark up a partisan Farm Bill that includes severe cuts to nutrition assistance for Americans in need.
4/18/18
The farm bill draft introduced today by Republicans on the Agriculture Committee doubles-down on their assault against families and children on the edge of hunger.
4/12/18
The Trump Administration’s decision to weaken fuel efficiency standards is reckless and will undermine American competitiveness on the global stage.
4/3/18
President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address tonight, and as we reflect on his first year in office, it is clear that the Trump presidency has so far been defined by chaos and incompetence.
1/30/18
America is not America without its great outdoor spaces, its national parks, and historic monuments that Congress and past presidents have preserved for the benefit of generations to come. 
12/4/17
We’re in, because it’s the right thing to do. We’re in, because it’s common sense. We’re in, because we are the leaders notwithstanding the blowing of the trumpet of retreat by Trump. That’s why we’re in.
11/14/17
Each day, more and more concerning questions surrounding the awarding of a lucrative contract to Whitefish Energy are raised.
10/27/17
Today we are witnessing the consequences of putting in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency someone who does not believe in the agency’s core mission and has spent his career seeking to undermine environmental protection.
10/6/17