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Congressional Champs in June

07 Jul 2015  |   Jill Hostetler

Tags: Clean Energy, Environmental Champions, Climate Change, Clean Air, Clean Water

June was a busy month for our Congressional Champions. Here are some of their activities and endeavors!

Senator Harry Reid (NV) was honored by the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Capital Dinner.  Check out this video honoring his remarkable environmental legacy.

Congressional Champs spoke on the Senate floor and defended the Clean Water Rule from attacks by polluters and their allies in Congress. Senators Ben Cardin (MD), Barbara Boxer (CA), Ed Markey (MA), Sheldon Whitehouse (NJ), and Jeff Merkley (OR) all championed clean water.

Congressional Champs spoke out against Rep. Whitfield’s bill that would gut the Clean Power Plan during the floor debate. The anti-environment legislation was met with strong opposition from Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Paul Tonko (NY-20), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Lois Capps (CA-24), Gene Green (TX-29), and Kathy Castor (FL-14).

Senators Brian Schatz (HI), Christopher Murphy (CT), and Martin Heinrich (NM) penned an op-ed on principles of a progressive foreign policy, including addressing climate change

Senator Tom Udall (NM) and Representative Betty McCollum (MN-4) also fought back against anti-environmental policy riders and funding cuts in the House and Senate environmental spending measures by leading the opposition to these harmful bills.

Senators Kelly Ayotte (NH), Michael Bennet (CO), and Martin Heinrich (NM), and Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Patrick Meehan (PA-7) held a press conference—and Representative John Garamendi (CA-3) spoke on the House floor—to advocate for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is set to expire in less than 100 days.

Senator Ben Cardin (MD) introduced the FRESHER Act to protect clean water against fracking.

Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) organized an effort to underscore the importance of funding climate research. He and other members of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition spoke out against proposed cuts to drastically reduce the amount of funding these critical programs will receive from Congress.

Representative Jared Huffman’s (CA-2) amendment to stop dirty and costly coal shipments to U.S. military bases in Germany passed in the House.  This measure will save taxpayers millions of dollars each year if enacted into law.

Representatives Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Jared Huffman (CA-2) and Gwen Graham (FL-2) also spoke out on the House floor against a harmful bill reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which would undermine decades of successful sustainable fisheries management and thus harm marine life.

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