Clean Air/Clean Water
I believe that all people have the right to breathe clean air and to drink clean water. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I am committed to protecting and building on the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act to reduce pollution, improve public health, and protect our natural resources from degradation.
I am a longtime defender of the Great Lakes, which represent 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water. I have lived by Lake Michigan my entire life and am regularly engaged with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Army Corps of Engineers, and local authorities to protect it from pollution, invasive species, and those who would consider drilling in the Lakes for oil. We must act aggressively to protect finite water resources for this and future generations.
I have also worked hard to reduce mercury use and emissions, which are especially harmful to infants and can undermine a developing child’s ability to walk, take, read, write and comprehend. I introduced legislation to reduce mercury emissions and am a strong supporter of new EPA standards to reduce mercury pollution. Those new standards will prevent up to 570 premature deaths in Illinois along, while creating up to $4.7 billion in health benefits in 2016.
By reducing pollution, the Clean Air Act will help us address childhood asthma and improve public health. It is also good for our economy, with $30 in measurable health and economic benefits for every $1 spent to reduce pollution by complying with EPA standards.
I will continue to work to improve our air, water and other natural resources and against actions to weaken environmental protection.
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EVANSTON, IL - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Representatives Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Danny K. Davis (IL-07), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Robin Kelly (IL-02), Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08), Sean Casten (IL-06), and Jesús G. "Chuy" García (IL-04) released the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will not strengthen the particulate matter national air quality standard:
President Trump is trying to cut protections for our air, land and drinking water, while 21 million Americans are forced to use unsafe water supplies.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, released a statement on President Trump’s Fiscal Year (2021) budget proposal and the devastating impacts it would have on Older Americans and families across the United States:
I spoke about the importance of protecting our Great Lakes, and in support of passing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act.
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and a subcommittee Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, voted today in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 231-190. The bill takes the first steps in protecting our planet, by keeping the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement, demands real action from the Trump Administration on climate change, and lays the foundation for further, effective action by Congress.
Congresswoman Schakowsky made the following statement regarding the legislation: