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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Jan 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush (D-IL), along with members of the Energy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, will mark up nine bills to improve energy efficiency, promote clean energy, increase energy sector jobs and modernize our energy infrastructure.

Jan 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr.

Jan 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R.

Dec 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, delivered remarks highlighting the Subcomittee's end of year accomplishments alongside other Committee leaders.

Rush Remarks as Delivered:

I want to thank my Chairman, Mr. Pallone, and I want to thank the Vice Chair of the Committee.

Dec 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — With the first year of the 116th Congress coming to an end, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), commended the Energy Subcommittee for its work to advance energy efficiency, invest in a diverse clean energy workforce, transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy and improve public safety and security.  In total, the Energy Subcommittee held 10 hearings, two markups and passed 11 bills.