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.

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Sep 21, 2011 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov
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Sharon Jenkins
(202) 225-4372 ofc.; (202) 431-8191 mobile
Sharon.Jenkins@mail.house.gov

"The Secretary’s report on the level of diverse participation in the energy arena will serve as a vital measure of our commitment as public servants to do right by all taxpayers whose resources are being put to work to strengthen America’s energy future."

Sep 21, 2011 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov
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Sharon Jenkins
(202) 225-4372 ofc.; (202) 431-8191 mobile
Sharon.Jenkins@mail.house.gov

Amendment Statement in Support of Rush Amendment to H.R. 2681

WASHINGTON –– “Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk (Rush #01).

“Mr. Chairman, cement kilns are a major source of mercury pollution and other toxic air pollution. 

Sep 21, 2011 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov
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Sharon Jenkins
(202) 225-4372 ofc.; (202) 431-8191 mobile
Sharon.Jenkins@mail.house.gov

Amendment Statement in Support of Rush Amendment to H.R. 2250

WASHINGTON –– “Mr. Chairman, I have an amendment at the desk (Rush #01).

“Mr. Chairman, in an effort to continue the spirit of bipartisan cooperation that’s been evidenced in this room, today, I offer the following amendment.

Sep 20, 2011 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov
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Sharon Jenkins
(202) 225-4372 ofc.; (202) 431-8191 mobile
Sharon.Jenkins@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON –– “Madame Chairman, tomorrow we will be marking up three bills, H.R. 2937, the Pipeline Infrastructure and Community Protection Act of 2011, H.R. 2250, the so-called EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, and H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.

Sep 20, 2011 Press Release

Committee on Energy and Commerce
Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Ranking Member


For Immediate Release:  September 20, 2011
Karen Lightfoot/Lindsay Vidal (Waxman):  (202) 225-5735

Sharon Jenkins/Renee Ferguson (Rush):  (202) 225-437

Reps. Waxman and Rush Voice Strong Objections to a Whitfield Amendment
that Failed to Follow Due Process

September 20, 2011

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