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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Jun 20, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON — Congressman Rush spoke today in opposition to H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.  The text of his statement is below:

“Mr. Speaker, since the beginning of the 112th Congress, we have held over 30 Energy & Power subcommittee and joint subcommittee hearings.

Jun 20, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON — Congressman Rush spoke today in opposition to the Republican Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  The text of his statement is below:

“Mr. Speaker, I stand in strong opposition to the Motion to Instruct Conferees on H.R. 4348.

May 17, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) spoke in opposition to the motion to instruct conferees on H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II.  The motion to instruct conferees would mandate the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, a position that endangers the passage of the entire bill.  Rush made the following statement from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Mar 8, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) today called on Energy Secretary Steven Chu to explain the recent increase in gasoline prices.  Rush, the ranking Democratic member of the House subcommittee on Energy and Power, made the following remarks at the opening of the hearing on the Department of Energy Budget:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you Mr. Secretary for being here today.

Feb 29, 2012 Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile
Renee.Ferguson@mail.house.gov

CHICAGO –  Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the following statement about the deal to shut down Coal-Fired Power Plants in Chicago.  Rush is the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power in the United States House of Representatives:

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