More on Environment
(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act which provides permanent, full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and establishes the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund. The bill, previously passed by the Senate on June 17th, 2020, is now awaiting signature by the President. Rep. Malinowski voted in favor of this legislation.
(Washington, DC) Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to advance the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020 to the House Floor. The bill, which includes several priorities championed by Representative Tom Malinowski, will help to address the local water resource and flood mitigation needs of communities throughout New Jersey.
(Washington, DC) Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of landowners who challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) use of tolling orders—an unfair practice that blocks landowners from challenging the legality of a pipeline project, while allowing pipeline companies to seize their land and begin construction. This landmark ruling sets a national precedent by requiring FERC to respond to landowners’ requests for rehearing within 30 days.
(Washington, DC) Today, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive climate action plan to build a prosperous, clean energy economy that values workers, advances environmental justice, and puts the U.S. on a path to net-zero carbon pollution by 2050.
The Select Committee’s plan references key legislation to act upon to address the climate crisis, including four bills introduced by Representative Tom Malinowski:
(Somerville, NJ) Today, Representatives Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) and Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02) introduced the Landowners’ Right to Due Process in Rehearings at FERC Act to ensure that landowners are able to exercise their legal right to challenge energy projects that disrupt their property prior to construction.
(Washington, DC) Today, Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) introduced the Natural Infrastructure and Resiliency Act. This bipartisan bill defines natural infrastructure in the FAST Act, and allows natural infrastructure projects to apply for Department of Transportation grants. Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Francis Rooney (R-FL) have signed on as original cosponsors.
(Washington, DC) Today, Representative Malinowski’s Protect and Restore America’s Estuaries Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize and expand the National Estuary Program (NEP), passed the House 355-62. The NEP provides grants to 28 states to improve the water quality and ecological integrity of our nation’s most significant estuaries, including parts of the Raritan, Rahway, Elizabeth, and Hackensack Rivers in New Jersey. This landmark legislation addresses new threats to America’s waterways, including climate change, and the communities they support.