Energy

As the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I believe in promoting clean energy and energy efficiency, modernizing our grid, investing in clean water infrastructure, and tackling the climate crisis. And I believe we can do so while creating millions of good-paying jobs in the process.. That's what the CLEAN Future Act, legislation I introduced with other leaders in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, would do. Another piece of legislation I introduced this Congress, the LIFT America Act, will invest in our infrastructure, including energy infrastructure while protecting public health. Critically, it includes $4.5 billion to replace lead service lines, with a priority on disadvantaged communities. 

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted by dirty air and water.  Low-income communities are more likely to be located closer to coal-fired power plants and, therefore, are more likely to suffer from health issues resulting from dirty air and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “low-income populations, minorities, and children living in inner cities experience more emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to asthma than the general population.”  According to the American Lung Association, asthma attacks send African-Americans to the emergency room at more than three times the rate of white Americans and almost 1 in 10 African-American children suffer from asthma.

We need a sensible approach to our energy policy that promotes clean and renewable sources of energy, encourages investment in new energy technologies, and creates good-paying American jobs by making our country more energy-efficient and independent.  I will continue to work towards this goal and will never let profit come before health as we shape our energy policy for the 21st century.

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Mar 24, 2021 Press Release


WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, delivered the following opening remarks at the hearing titled, “The CLEAN Future Act: Powering a Resilient and Prosperous America.”

Mar 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today at a House Committee on Energy & Commerce hearing titled, “LIFT America: Revitalizing Our Nation’s Infrastructure and Economy,” U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, questioned witnesses about the importance of replacing lead pipelines. Rush’s Q&A comes after a recent analysis by the Chicago Tribune found that Illinois has more service lines made of toxic metal than any other state.

Feb 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced the introduction of H.R.

Feb 18, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, delivered the following opening remarks at the hearing on “A Smarter Investment: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future.”

Rush Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery:

Jan 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he was sworn into the 117th Congress.  In the 117th Congress, the Democratic majority remains committed to building back better by stamping out COVID-19, supporting the frontline workers that have served our communities so bravely throughout the pandemic, supporting small businesses, and putting urgently needed money in the pockets of workers.  In this time of grave emergency, the American people need a Congress that prioritizes their health and economic well-being, and House Democrats stand ready to deliver.

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