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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses Bills Aimed at Achieving Climate Justice

Jul 21, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed a slate of environmental justice bills aimed at promoting energy and climate resiliency and protecting communities disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change. The endorsements were shepherded by CHC Climate Change Taskforce Chair Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (CA-44).

The CHC has endorsed the following twelve bills introduced by fellow CHC Members:

  1. H.R. 2721, the Clean Commute for Kids Act (Rep. Cárdenas)
  2. H.R. 279, the Roadless Area Conservation Act (Rep. Gallego)
  3. H.R. 2434, the Environmental Justice Act of 2021 (Rep. Ruiz)
  4. H.R. 1015, the Water Recycling Investment and Improvement Act (Rep. Napolitano)
  5. H.R. 2021, the Environmental Justice for All Act (Rep. Grijalva)
  6. H.R. 2177, the Fair Transportation Act (Rep. Torres)
  7. H.R. 2415, the Orphaned Well Clean Up and Jobs Act (Rep. Leger Fernandez)
  8. H.R. 2522, the Cerro de la Olla Wilderness Establishment Act (Rep. Leger Fernandez)
  9. H.R. 2235, the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act (Rep. Leger Fernandez)
  10. H.R. 973, the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act (Rep. Carbajal)
  11. H.R. 1503, the Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2021 (Rep. Levin)
  12. H.R. 2431, the Voices for Environmental Justice Act (Rep. Ruiz)

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is proud to endorse this robust package of environmental justice bills introduced by Members of our Caucus,” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “This package of bills will help address high levels of pollution and chronic disinvestment in communities of color while helping advance public health. I thank the CHC Members who introduced these impressive bills for their leadership and for championing the health and economic security of Hispanics.”

“These bills by our CHC colleagues will address critical environmental justice priorities,” said Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Climate Change Taskforce Chair Nanette Barragán (CA-44). They will reduce air pollution, support clean water infrastructure, combat climate change, and promote land conservation in communities across our country. As chair of the CHC’s Climate Change Task Force, I’m proud we were able to support this legislation by our members that will help to improve the lives of millions of Latinos.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.