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Congress is Saying Goodbye to an Environmental Leader

17 Jan 2014  |   Hannah Blatt

Tags: General Political

After decades of standing up for the environment, Representative Jim Moran announced his retirement from Congress. Over the past two decades representing northern Virginia in Congress, Rep. Moran has been an incredible ally who has pushed for action on climate change, fought to protect our air and water, and consistently stood up to Big Oil and corporate polluters. 

He has served as Chairman and ranking member of the Interior and Environment Subcommittee on Appropriations, and he has never stopped fighting to fully fund critical environmental programs. In fact, when the extreme Fiscal Year 2012 House Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill was proposed, Rep. Moran along with dozens of Democrats took to the floor to speak out against it—outraged that it would make deep cuts in important environmental programs and include dozens of riders gutting our nation’s landmark laws protecting our air, water, lands, and wildlife. Rep. Moran and allies were able to draw out the debate long enough that the disastrous bill was pulled from the House floor. 

Rep. Moran is a member of both the Safe Climate Caucus (SCC) and the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), where he urges Congress to protect our environment, tackle the climate crisis and pass clean energy legislation. 

The Congressman is also a staunch advocate for protecting and strengthening the Clean Water Act. He has been a vocal supporter of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) using the law to safeguard our streams and wetlands, taking the lead against anti-environmental politicians who would let corporate polluters continue to put our drinking water at risk.

In LCV’s 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, Rep. Moran earned a strong 91 percent, and he has an impressive 87 percent lifetime score. Click here to thank him for his decades of environmental leadership in Congress.

(Video from Rep. James P Moran's Youtube page, and photograph from Cliff's Flickr page.)

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