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DelBene Blasts GOP $2.4B Polluter Bill ‘Loaded with Giveaways to Fossil Fuel Industry’

WATCH: DelBene says federal energy legislation should follow Pacific Northwest’s lead and prioritize ‘clean, renewable energy sources like hydro, wind, and solar.’

Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) blasted Republicans’ Polluters Over Politics Act that would put corporate profits and Wall Street over protecting American families from the climate crisis or lowering home energy costs. The legislation (H.R. 1) would add $2.4 billion to the federal deficit and roll back historic environmental protections while giving massive handouts to the oil and gas industry.

Watch DelBene’s remarks here. Her remarks as delivered are below:

I rise today in opposition to the Polluters Over People Act.

Protecting our environment is foundational to the heritage, culture, and quality of life that we enjoy in the Pacific Northwest.

We are trailblazers in clean, renewable energy sources like hydro, wind, and solar.

My colleagues on the other side of the aisle should follow our lead and focus on accelerating our transition toward a green energy economy like Democrats did in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Instead, Republicans are pushing a messaging bill loaded with giveaways to the fossil fuel industry that will blow a $2.4 billion hole in our deficit.

This legislation not only does nothing to lower energy costs but it raises prices for families by repealing the Inflation Reduction Act discounts for energy-saving home appliances.

I offered an amendment to this bill with the support of every Democrat from the Washington and Oregon delegations that would prevent oil and gas companies from drilling along the Washington and Oregon coasts.

The last thing any of us want is the next Deepwater Horizon spill on our shores.

This was rejected by the majority. An open amendment process apparently only applies to Republicans.

I urge my colleagues to reject this bill and I yield back.