Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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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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Jan 8, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) was reelected today to the position of Ranking Democratic Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power. Following his re-election, Rush said:

“First, to my constituents of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District it is an honor to serve you in the 114th Congress.

“Second, I would like to thank my Democratic colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee for reelecting me to once again serve as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.”

Sep 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush’s (IL-01) bill, H.R. 4526, was the subject of a hearing held today by the Energy and Power Subcommittee.

Apr 3, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Ranking Democratic member of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power participated in the Department of Energy (DOE) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget hearing.

In Rush’s opening statement, he expressed appreciation for the DOE’s commitment to establishing the Minorities in Energy Initiative, but pointed to concerns regarding the amount of resources the agency is actually investing in the initiative, as evidenced by the DOE’s budget proposal.

Mar 19, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — Today Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman and Energy and Power Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby L. Rush sent a letter to Chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield requesting a hearing with scientists and other experts on the need for action to address climate change, following a hearing earlier this month featuring testimony from utilities on the EPA’s proposed carbon standards for new power plants.

Mar 19, 2013 Press Release

CONTACT: Debra Johnson
(202) 679-0381

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Bobby L. Rush, Ranking Democratic member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Power issued the following statement on the announcement that President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Ernest Moniz as Secretary of the Department of Energy: