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Rush Legislative Initiatives Receive Unanimous Committee Support

July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) received the unanimous support of the Committee on Energy and Commerce for two bills and an amendment he introduced. Rush sponsored H.R. 1315, the Green Collar and Blue Collar Jobs Act of 2019, which would establish a nationwide program dedicated to educating and training underrepresented groups to pursue careers in clean energy industries.

"H.R. 1315 is a jobs bill designed to target and train underserved communities for the energy jobs and careers of the present and the future. By encouraging these historically overlooked groups to work in clean energy sectors, this bill will help to make sure that no one is left behind as we transition towards a more sustainable energy economy," said Rush.

Rush also sponsored H.R. 362, the Energy Emergency Leadership Act, which would codify a new Department of Energy Assistant Secretary position with jurisdiction over all energy emergency and security functions related to energy supply, infrastructure, and cybersecurity.

"In this day and age, it is essential that our energy and cyber systems are resilient and ready to respond to potential emergencies," said Rush. "H.R. 362 will go a long way in helping to protect the nation's electric infrastructure from hackers who would attempt to disrupt our energy grid and cause untold harm to our economy, our daily lives, and to our overall national security."

Rush also offered an amendment to H.R. 2041, the Weatherization Enhancement of Local Energy Efficiency Investment and Accountability Act. This bill reauthorizes the Weatherization Assistance Program, the nation's single largest program dedicated to whole-house energy efficiency retrofits. The Rush Amendment prioritizes the hiring and retention of local candidates who are from the community that the program serves and who are members of underrepresented groups within the home energy performance workforce.

"I commend Energy Subcommittee Ranking Member Upton, members of the minority side, and all of their staffs for working with my office in good faith to bring each of these bills through the Committee with overwhelming bipartisan support," said Rush. "Moving these pieces of legislation forward demonstrates what Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee can accomplish when we put politics aside, put our minds together, and we get to work on behalf of the American people."

Each of these bills, H.R 1315, H.R. 362, and H.R. 2041, as amended, will be reported out to the full House of Representatives where they will be voted on in the coming months.