Connecticut’s Fifth District is home to many environmental treasures. From the Farmington River Valley and Salmon Brook, to the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, to the New England Scenic Trail, the natural beauty of Northwest and Central Connecticut exemplifies the urgent need to protect our environment from deterioration. Climate change is both an environmental issue and a civil rights, economic, and public health issue.
Stopping and reversing climate change by protecting public lands and waters, reducing air pollution, transitioning to green energy supplies and investing in sustainable agriculture is a top priority of mine. I introduced the Clean School Bus Act which would provide $1 billion in grants to school districts over 5 years to replace diesel school buses with electric buses, and an amendment to the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act to reserve $100 million annually for grants to purchase zero-emission school bus fleets. I staunchly supported S. 47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, which designated the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook as “Wild and Scenic.” This designation makes the area eligible for $175,000 in federal funds. Additionally, I introduced legislation to ensure the Upper Housatonic Valley and Last Green Valley National Heritage Areas continue to receive funding for another 15 years.
I am a cosponsor of the Green New Deal, which commits to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
I will continue to advocate for policies that stop and reverse climate change, protect our public lands, and defend our air and water.