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.

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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. 

1/8/16

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after a final agreement was reached at the COP21 Paris Climate Summit:

12/12/15

Today’s announcement of the President’s Clean Power Plan represents an important step toward a cleaner and more sustainable future for America and the world. 

8/3/15

I am disappointed that Republicans continue to pursue legislation that ignores the dangers of climate change and undermines our nation’s efforts to develop cleaner energy alternatives. 

6/24/15

The encyclical released by Pope Francis today on the environment is a powerful call to planetary stewardship and a reminder of human consequences of pollution, climate change, and degradation of our natural resources. 

6/18/15

This week, the House will vote on H.R. 1806, House Republicans’ partisan bill to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. Unlike the original bill in 2007 and the reauthorization in 2010, which both passed with strong bipartisan support, the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 was reported by the Science Committee on a party line basis and has no chance of being signed into law.

5/19/15

Once again, House Republicans are using the appropriations process to score political points and send a message to their base by advancing funding bills that continue the disastrous sequester policy and that include partisan policy riders that would be disastrous for our country.

5/1/15

Forty-five years ago, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as an opportunity to recommit ourselves to environmental responsibility and stewardship. 

4/22/15

On Monday, the President released his budget for Fiscal Year 2016. His budget proposal builds on the strength of our economic recovery to make smart investments that will increase our nation’s competitiveness, while ensuring that working families share in the benefits of the recovery.

2/4/15

Republicans have controlled both the House and the Senate for four weeks, and their record shows that they have focused on extreme, partisan legislation rather than taking action to help the middle class and all those who aspire to it.

1/29/15

Once again, Republicans are wasting the Congress’s time – and the American people’s time – on partisan messaging bills that would do little to create jobs or grow our economy.

11/20/14

In reaching this important agreement to combat climate change, the United States and China have committed to work together in an ambitious way to address the serious problem of carbon pollution.

11/12/14