Going Big on Climate
This year, we have seen record-setting heatwaves and wildfires in the Pacific Northwest that have threatened our local economy and unique way of life. We are running out of time in our fight against climate change, and we must take bold action to reduce carbon emissions and avoid irreversible damage to our planet.
I was honored to welcome White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory to Washington state earlier this week to meet with local leaders and discuss what we can do to tackle the climate crisis.
The bipartisan infrastructure bill that the House will consider in the coming weeks would make a historic investment in public transit. This includes $50 billion towards making our infrastructure more climate-resilient, $42 billion to reduce emissions at our airports, ports, and waterways, and $7.5 billion to build the first-ever national electric vehicle charging network. Over the next decade, this package is projected to help create 2 million good-paying jobs every year and position American workers to compete in our 21st century global economy.
As we continue to negotiate the Build Back Better Act, I have also been clear as chair of the forward-thinking New Democrat Coalition that one of our top priorities must be to go big on addressing our climate emergency. I am pleased that provisions that I led to leverage our tax code to incentivize decarbonization and spur green energy innovation were included in the Build Back Better Act that the House Ways and Means Committee passed. I will continue to push for their inclusion in the final package.
Getting both of these bills, which are part of President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda, across the finish line is our top priority in Congress, and we must meet the moment with bold and meaningful climate action.
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to leave a message at my Kirkland office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA-01, you can follow me on social media at the links above.
Stay safe and stay healthy,