Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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Energy

EnergyThe issue of Energy is important to our district and to my work in Congress.

The deadly Japanese earthquake and tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex made us take a closer look at our own nuclear power industry.  Illinois operates eleven nuclear reactors at six different plants, more than any other state in the nation.  I toured the Dresden II plant recently and was assured that extra backup safety measures both on the plant site and away from it have been updated.  I continue to express concern over the management and storage of nuclear waste.  I have also expressed concern over the inspection process and whether inspectors are sufficiently independent of the companies they are charged to help regulate.

As the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, I will continue to fight to protect the US Environmental Protection Agency from being dismantled through Republican-led funding cuts.  Recent budget proposals seek to cut $3 billion dollars, 1/3rd of the EPA’s budget.  The same people who want to dismantle EPA are fighting to allow oil companies to keep $3.6 billion dollars in tax credits at a time when those companies are making record profits.  All this while average Americans struggle to pay for gasoline and Chicagoans pay the highest prices in the nation.  This inequity must not be allowed to stand.

The battle to protect our local air and water is on-going. I am strongly committed to maintaining The Clean Air Act, to promoting the Restoration of the Great Lakes, to passing the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance, to regulating Greenhouse Gases, to safeguarding our water supply from contamination, and the protection of our planet from the ravages of manmade climate change.  These issues remain a top priority on my legislative agenda.

More on Energy

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) wasted no time in inviting President Donald Trump to Chicago as the president made his way to the lectern for his first speech before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday night. The legislator said the nation’s chief executive agreed to visit the city which has been under a national spotlight after Trump threatened to “send in the feds” to curb violence.

Feb 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to President Trump today urging him to reconsider his decision to remove the Secretary of Energy from the Principals Committee of the National Security Council (NSC).

Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement during an Energy Subcommittee Hearing on “Modernizing Energy and Electricity Delivery Systems: Challenges and Opportunities to Promote Infrastructure Improvement and Expansion”, where he serves as Ranking Member. The Congressman noted that the federal government must embark on a path of upgrading the nation’s energy infrastructure that it is done “in a way that is responsible, environmentally-conscious, and takes into account the rights and interests of impacted communities.”

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement today in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement that it has issued a notice of violation to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and FCA U.S. for failing to disclose engine management software in approximately 104,000 light-duty diesel vehicles:

Jan 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) was unanimously reelected by his colleagues to continue his service as the Ranking Democratic Member on the Subcommittee on Energy of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Upon his reelection, Rush said, “I am pleased by the faith that my colleagues have shown in me and I look forward to leading them in our fight to protect the EPA and develop clean, sustainable energy resources.”

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