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  • Blog Post 13 May 2016  |   Jacob Glasser

    Latest from Climate Champs in Congress

    Champions in Congress have continued to make progress on important environmental policies that combat climate change. Here is a recap of their most recent efforts.

    Senators Barbara Boxer (CA), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Edward Markey (MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), and Cory Booker (NJ) stood up to attacks on climate action at recent hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. They called out Big Polluters and their allies in ...More

  • Blog Post 10 May 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    What I Gained During My Internship with LCV: An Advocacy Point of View

    When I started my semester as a Policy & Lobbying Intern with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), I strongly believed in the importance of environmental policy, and I had internship experience in both the House of Representatives with Rep. Rush Holt’s office and the Senate with Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s office, as well as other programs with the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. I was eager to use my understanding of the operations ...More

  • Blog Post 19 Apr 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    Anti-Environmental & Other Harmful Policy Riders Have No Place in Spending Bills

    Today, nearly every member of the House Democratic Caucus, led by Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) and Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), sent a letter to House leaders opposing ideological policy riders — provisions relating to policy issues, not funding allocations — on appropriations bills. The 172 Democrats sent the letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1), Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (KY-5), and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (NY-17).

    Lawmakers insert policy ...More

  • Blog Post 08 Apr 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    New Report Shows National Monuments Boost Local Economies

    A new BBC Research & Consulting report for Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, highlights the economic benefits of national monument designations by the Obama Administration. This report analyzed the economic impact of 10 national monuments protected by President Obama. These national monuments – including Basin and Range in Nevada, Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico, Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, San Juan Islands in Washington, and Browns Canyon in Colorado – ...More

  • Blog Post 08 Apr 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    Climate Champs in Congress

    Our champions and allies in Congress have continued to fight for strong environmental policies and action on climate change in 2016. Here is a recap of their recent efforts.

    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) began the year with a “Time To Wake Up” floor speech reflecting on the progress of 2015 and urged Congress to move forwards – not backwards – on climate change and other environmental issues. He also wrote an article reflecting on the international ...More

  • Blog Post 06 Apr 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    Why the Sewall-Belmont House should be America’s Next National Park

    On Monday, April 4th, the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum hosted a public meeting to discuss the site’s potential inclusion in the National Park System. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Councilmember Charles Allen attended the meeting. Representatives from U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office, and Councilmember David Grosso’s office attended the meeting and provided public comments in ...More

  • Blog Post 09 Mar 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    Historic Vote Taken in the House to Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    On February 26, the House of Representatives put conservation issues front and center. They voted on H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015, which works to undermine the progress we’ve made on conservation and wildlife protection. However, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA-2) stood up for our magnificent open spaces by offering an amendment that would have designated the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as Wilderness, granting it the ...More

  • Blog Post 16 Feb 2016  |   Arian Rubio

    President Obama's New National Monuments Protect the California Desert

    Last Friday President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains as national monuments. This action shows President Obama’s dedication to conserving and protecting these California desert landscapes for future generations.

    Permanent protection will save the area’s precious natural resources, help drive economic growth for surrounding areas, and buffer the desert and its wildlife from its greatest long-term threat: climate change. President Obama’s actions also show ...More

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