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.

More on Energy

Oct 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 702, to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. This legislation would change current U.S. policy by lifting all restrictions on crude oil exports.

Rush submitted an amendment that was not allowed by the majority party which would have expanded access for minority- and women-owned firms to more fully participate in the energy supply chain if the export ban is lifted.

Jul 29, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called for continued action to further U.S. relations with Cuba. Rush introduced H.R. 3306, the POWER Cuba Act of 2015. The POWER Cuba Act would authorize the export of energy resources, energy technologies and related services to Cuba. Recent actions to improve diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba such as restoring full diplomacy and the reopening of the Cuban Embassy in Washington are steps in the right direction. Rush’s bill would do more to help spur commerce and help bring Cuba into the 21st Century.

Jul 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, spoke at today’s hearing on H.R. 702, To Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. In Rush’s opening statement he expressed that now is the appropriate time to revisit the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. He described this law as outdated and stated that it is unnecessarily restricting the export of domestically produced crude oil.

Rush’s full statement is in the video below:

Jun 25, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor yesterday afternoon to push forth an amendment to H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015. H.R. 2042 intends to extend the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) rule’s compliance dates pending judicial review. The bill also would allow state governors to opt out of complying with EPA’s proposed rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan”.

Jun 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, during the Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing to review the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first Quadrennial Energy Report draft report, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sought to garner bipartisan support for Quadrennial Energy Report (QER) legislation that he will soon be introducing. Rush’s bill would amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for a biennial energy policy plan with a quadrennial energy review.