Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Seeks a Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4775, Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2016

Jun 8, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON — This evening, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) submitted a Motion to Recommit on H.R. 4775, a bill that would permanently weaken the Clean Air Act, as well as future air pollution health standards for all criteria pollutants. Rush’s Motion to Recommit would strike provisions of the bill if the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, found that they would increase health problems, including asthma attacks, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, heart attacks, or other serious harms to human health, especially for vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, children, the elderly, outdoor workers and low income communities.

"In communities such as the one I represent in Chicago, this bill would exacerbate a problem that already impacts thousands of American households," said Rush. "In its latest report entitled State of the Air 2016 the American Lung Association gives Cook County, Illinois, which includes my district on the Southside of Chicago, an 'F' for its ozone grade."

To view the entirety of Rush’s remarks click on the following video:

Rush also submitted an amendment that would allow federal, state, local or tribal permitting agencies to opt-out of section 3(d) of the bill if the agency determines that issuing the bill’s requirements for issuing a preconstruction permit will: increase air pollution, slow permitting, increase regulatory uncertainty, foster litigation, shift the burden of pollution control from new pollution sources to existing sources or increase the overall cost of achieving a new or revised national ambient air quality standard within their jurisdiction