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Steve Cohen

From the office of:

Steve Cohen

Sending Office: Honorable Steve Cohen
Sent By:
Alex.Schnelle@mail.house.gov

        Request for Signature(s)

Support the Elimination of Single-Use Plastics in FY21

**This is an appropriations report language request**

Deadline: March 18, COB

 

Current signers: Alan S. Lowenthal*, Mike Quigley*, Nydia Velázquez, Raúl M. Grijalva, Nanette Diaz Barragán, Mark DeSaulnier, Pramila Jayapal, André Carson, Debra Haaland, Joe Neguse, Jamie Raskin, Chellie Pingree, Eleanor Holmes Norton,
Emmanuel Cleaver, II, Darren Soto, John P. Sarbanes, Federica S. Wilson

 

Dear Colleague:

We invite you to sign a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch to request inclusion of report language in its Fiscal Year 2021 bill that expresses support for the elimination of single-use plastic products.

The United States is currently drowning in mountains of single-use plastic waste. While it is certainly part of the federal government’s duty to try to solve this mess by addressing our inadequate recycling infrastructure, there are steps Congress can take
now to prevent this situation from becoming even worse. The easiest way to reduce plastic pollution is to reduce the volume of single-use plastics and other containers that are being used in the first place and subsequently clogging the recycling stream.

The federal government has a responsibility to lead on this and other environmental issues, and in that context, the prevention of plastic waste is most easily accomplished by putting a stop to the federal procurement of these products wherever possible.
By cutting waste at the source, Congress can immediately reduce the resulting waste and set an example for state & local government and our constituents on how to address mounting waste today.

We urge you to support this language request that will help to set the example on the elimination of single-use plastic products. For more information or to sign this letter, please contact Alex Schnelle at
alex.schnelle@mail.house.gov  or x67923.

 

Sincerely,

 

Steve Cohen                                        Alan S. Lowenthal                                  Mike Quigley             

Member of Congress                         Member of Congress                          Member of Congress

 

 

March 20, 2020

 

The Honorable Tim Ryan                                           The Honorable Jaime Herrera Beutler

Chairman                                                                    Ranking Member                                                                    

Legislative Branch Subcommittee                              Legislative Branch Subcommittee

House Committee on Appropriations                         House Committee on Appropriations

Washington, D.C. 20515                                            Washington, D.C. 20515 

 

Dear Chairman Ryan and Ranking Member Herrera Beutler:

As you begin drafting the Fiscal Year 2021 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill, we are writing to request that you include the below report language reaffirming the Subcommittee’s support language regarding a procurement ban on single-use plastic products. 

The United States is currently drowning in mountains of single-use plastic waste. After China enacted its National Sword policy, the recyclable trash we once exported for processing abroad was left here for our domestic facilities to address. However, after
years of depending on foreign countries to handle nearly all of our waste, our domestic recycling industry has become underdeveloped and was ill-prepared to manage the vast amount of waste our economy produces each day.

It is no surprise, then, that the fallout of National Sword and similar policies in other foreign countries has been felt nationwide, in both large cities and small communities. Many recycling systems have been forced to cut back their services severely,
refusing to accept certain types of trash in an attempt to minimize the waste for processing. As a result, much of the trash Americans think is recyclable now ends up in landfills across the country.

While it is certainly part of the federal government’s duty to try to solve this mess by addressing our inadequate recycling infrastructure, there are steps Congress can take now to prevent this situation from becoming even worse. The easiest way to reduce
plastic pollution is to reduce the volume of single-use plastics and other containers that are being used in the first place and subsequently clogging the recycling stream.

The federal government has a responsibility to lead on this and other environmental issues, and in that context, the prevention of plastic waste is most easily accomplished by putting a stop to the federal procurement of these products wherever possible.
By cutting waste at the source, Congress can immediately reduce the resulting waste and set an example for state & local government and our constituents on how to address mounting waste today.

Our domestic recycling industry certainly needs more support. But while Congress debates the best way to strengthen our waste infrastructure, we should take action immediately to minimize our waste and reduce the burden on the nation’s processing and recycling
systems.

Report Language Request

Single-Use Plastic Products: “The Committee is committed to reducing the use of single-use plastic products on the Capitol grounds. The Committee encourages the elimination of single-use plastic products including lightweight plastic carryout bags, food
and drinkware from expanded polystyrene, plastic stirrers, plastic utensils and plastic straws. Such elimination shall be carried out in consultation with disability advocacy groups.”

Thank you for your leadership on the Subcommittee and for considering this request.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

_______________________________                      ______________________________

Steve Cohen                                                           Alan S. Lowenthal

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

 

 

_______________________________                     

Mike Quigley                                                   

Member of Congress                                                 

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