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Support Energy Efficiency in our Schools!

May 3, 2016

Across the country, K-12 school districts spend billions on their energy bills each year.  Moreover, an estimated 14 million American children attend deteriorating public schools.  Many of these problems involve the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning
systems.  According to a Department of Education survey, 43 percent of schools indicated that the poor condition of their facilities interferes with the delivery of instruction.  By upgrading these systems, energy efficiency is increased, learning environments
are improved, and scarce funds are conserved.

Congressional Briefing on Water and Wastewater Rate Affordability for Low-Income Ratepayers

May 3, 2016

In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, there is growing concern about the ability of communities with large numbers of low-income households to afford needed improvements in their water and sewer systems.

Cosponsor HR 4792: Efforts to Modernize the SEC Industry Guides for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies (v. 5)

May 3, 2016

The New York Attorney General conducted a two-year investigation and found that Peabody Energy, a publicly-traded coal company, made public statements about the potential economic impact of climate change that were not consistent with the firm’s internal financial projections.

Support Local Communities: Cosponsor the TRASH Act

May 3, 2016

Allows a State to impose a higher fee on out-of-State waste (regardless of the exporter’s compliance with in-State waste handling and reduction measures). The fee would be called a community benefit fee, which a state may provide to an affected community.

Sign Letter to Administrator McCarthy Supporting Critical Updates to the Lead and Copper Rule (v. 2)

May 2, 2016

The Flint water crisis highlights the urgent need to address the threat of lead-contaminated drinking water that results from our nation’s aging and dilapidated infrastructure.

Cosponsor HR 4792: Efforts to Modernize the SEC Industry Guides for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies (v. 4)

May 2, 2016

According to the SEC, “The laws and rules that govern the securities industry in the United States derive from a simple and straightforward concept: all investors, whether large institutions or private individuals, should have access to certain basic facts about an investment prior to buying it, and so long as they hold it.

Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act (FD PREP Act): Cosponsor Request

May 2, 2016

Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act (FD PREP Act) would better equip first responders for train derailment accidents. The FD PREP Act directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to categorize hazmat operations, training, and equipment acquisition relating to crude oil and ethanol rail traffic as “high priority” within its Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.

ICYMI – 161 Farm, Food, Rural & Faith Groups Oppose the TPP

April 29, 2016

I urge you to closely study this letter and join me in standing up for America’s family farmers and ranchers by opposing the harmful TPP agreement.

Sign Letter to Administrator McCarthy Supporting Critical Updates to the Lead and Copper Rule

April 29, 2016

Please join us in sending a letter to Administrator McCarthy, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to not delay releasing updates to the Lead and Copper Rule which are urgently needed today, not a year from now.

4/27/16 CRS Report – The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Congress

April 29, 2016

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the nation’s first mandatory cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. RGGI involves nine states—Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.