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

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day, the same day Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Paris Agreement.


I’m proud to join 163 current and former House colleagues, along with 44 current and former Senators, in filing a bipartisan amicus brief today before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in support of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks today at a press conference in Flint, Michigan during a Congressional delegation visit with Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52), Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12). 


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) attended the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee’s hearing on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan today. House Democrats heard testimony on the ongoing emergency from public health experts and local officials.


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose to the public anytime it uncovers evidence of serious lead pollution. 


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight on the Supreme Court’s decision to stay implementation of the Clean Power Plan rule.


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget. 


House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.


Wanted to make sure you saw today's op-ed in The Hill by House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) on President Obama's final State of the Union Address.


“Tonight, President Obama reminded Congress and the nation that what makes America great is the spirit of service and hard work that manifests from realizing we are all bound together by a common cause. ...


As President Obama prepares to deliver his last State of the Union address, here’s a look at the progress we have made over the past seven years:


As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table.