Confront Climate Change by Supporting Renewable Energy and Green Jobs

March 22, 2016

From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva Sent By: Bill: H.Res. 540 Date: 3/22/2016 Support Renewable Energy and Green Jobs Co-Sponsor H.Res. 540   Wayne National Forest Solar Panel Construction. Photo by Alex Snyder.   Current Co-Sponsors: Clark, Clarke, Conyers, Deutch, Honda, Johnson (GA), Lee, Lewis, Lieu, Norton, Rangel, Schakowsky, Takano, Van Hollen, Lawrence, Napolitano, Farr, […]

End the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program

March 21, 2016

In December 2007, Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), which made the nation’s corporate average fuel economy standards more stringent by requiring significant increases by 2020 in the fuel economy of newly manufactured passenger vehicles being sold in the United States. In addition, EISA authorized the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program to provide up to $25 billion in loans (loan authority) for projects to produce more fuel-efficient passenger vehicles and their components. The fiscal year 2009 continuing resolution appropriated $7.5 billion to the Department of Energy (DOE) to support the program’s direct loans to manufacturers of passenger vehicles and their components by paying the credit subsidy costs of the loans.

Become An Original Cosponsor the REST Act

March 21, 2016

According to U.S. Department of Transportation, driver fatigue remains a leading factor in the 4,000+ deaths that result from large truck collisions each year. In order to help reduce the ill effects of truck driver fatigue on our roadways, I encourage you to cosponsor and support the “Requiring Equal Sleep for Truckers (REST) Act of 2016.”

LAST DAY: Prevent funding for Well Control Rule

March 21, 2016

We invite you to cosign a letter to the House Appropriations Committee requesting inclusion of specific language in the upcoming Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which would prohibit the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) from using appropriated funds for the “Well Control Rule”, or any substantially similar rule. 

Closing Today, Support your counties & cosponsor the Bipartisan RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot Program Act

March 17, 2016

Such actions are consistent the original intent of the RPPA and will significantly enhance recreational opportunities by empowering states, local governments and nonprofits to also operate third-party recreational concessions on lands under their control.

Bipartisan Support for Funding Forest Management in FY17 Interior Appropriations

March 17, 2016

We write to you today requesting that the House Appropriations Committee (the Committee) take steps in the FY17 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations bill to address the ongoing decline in health of our National Forest System (NFS).

Briefing Tomorrow: Bring Back the Office of Technology Assessment

March 17, 2016

Please join us for an informative briefing about the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), how it helped Congress address complex policy challenges, and why we need it again today.

Support Yucca Mountain

March 15, 2016

Please join us in seeking support from the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee for ensuring the permanent repository site at Yucca Mountain for spent nuclear fuel. The Yucca Mountain program has been planned and funded since 1987, yet individuals in Washington have sought to derail the program.

Another Bill to Weaken the Clean Air Act: Oppose H.R. 3797, the SENSE Act

March 15, 2016

Today, the House will consider H.R. 3797, the “Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act” or “SENSE Act.” This is another in a string of unnecessary bills aimed at weakening environmental and public health protections under the Clean Air Act. The SENSE Act would undermine two important rules – the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule – by giving special breaks to power plants that use waste coal to generate electricity.

Bi-Partisan Multimodal Freight: Railroad Investment

March 15, 2016

Please join me in signing the attached letter urging the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (T-HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program as authorized by the FAST Act.