Washington, D.C. — In response to the change in party control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the League of Conservation Voters released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“Tonight voters across the country decisively rejected the most anti-environmental U.S. House of Representatives in our nation’s history. Since 2009, the extreme Republican leadership of the U.S. House has put corporate polluters ahead of people and their communities time and again. For the last two years they have aided and abetted the most anti-environmental president ever. But now voters have clearly called for change, supporting candidates who campaigned on protecting people and our environment — and rejecting those who gave only lip service to the urgent threat of climate change.
“We congratulate the new pro-environment majority, and we are confident they will stand up for our air, water, lands, wildlife and of course our climate. It’s long past time for the House to do badly needed oversight and accountability of a dangerous administration bent on rolling back common-sense protections for our environment and our health. Now we need to accelerate our transition to clean energy and act on climate, and we look forward to working with the new Congress to do just that.”
LCV Action Fund endorsed at least 28 of the new members of Congress, many of whom campaigned on the need for climate action and protecting clean air, clean water and public lands.