Energy / Environment
Innovative policies to address some of our most pressing environmental threats are critical to securing a prosperous and healthy future. Today, climate change is a real threat to our land, water, air, animals, plants, economy and the well-being of future generations. Congress can’t afford to sit back and continue to do nothing, we must take action now to protect our precious natural places and bodies of water. I support protecting and enhancing the protections of the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, giving the Environmental Protection Agency the tools and funding it needs to full its mission, , and preventing harmful legislation that denies the reality of climate change and its impacts around the world.
As Vice Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I have been a stalwart defender of the environment, supporting legislation that promotes clean energy development, reduces harmful carbon and methane emissions, and protects our public lands and wildlife. In addition, as a life-long member of the Sierra Club, I have been proud to stand up for our environment, a fact that is reflected by my 98% lifetime score League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard[A1] . I have consistently supported legislation that aims to protect our planet as well as the lives and livelihoods of people around the world, while also supporting robust local job growth and a strong and sustainable economy. Since coming to Congress, I have also acted to help keep our communities safe and better prepared for the impacts of severe storms. For example, as the only Illinois member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have worked hard to secure critical funding for the construction of the Thornton and McCook reservoirs which will help keep Chicago’s homes and properties safe from the impacts of sever urban flooding.
I understand that we cannot solve the climate crisis without realizing how interconnected its impacts truly are. Today, the results of climate change can already be seen across the world’s plant and animal populations. During my time in Congress, I’ve been proud to support wildlife and the Endangered Species Act, which for over forty years has helped prevent the extinction of our nation’s unique wildlife. I have also introduced legislation to protect and preserve migratory bird populations around the country. The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act is a cost neutral bill which will save the lives of millions of birds. This bipartisan legislation calls for each public building constructed, acquired, or significantly altered by the General Services Administration (GSA) to incorporate, to the maximum extent possible, bird-safe building materials and design features.
This year, I was also proud to introduce another bipartisan bill, the Botanic Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act which increase the botanical expertise of the Department of the Interior and help protect our nation’s diverse and valuable native plant ecosystems.
Protecting our environment is a top priority of mine and one of the reasons I entered public service. I will continue working with my colleagues to address the realities of climate change, and will dedicate my time in Congress to supporting legislation that protects our communities and develops strategies to combat the many threats facing our environment.
Rep. Mike Quigley visited Loyola University Chicago to discuss migratory bird safety across and to learn what the university is doing to make buildings on its Lake Shore Campus more bird safe.
Rep. Quigley published an editorial in the Daily Herald on the global importance of clean drinking water on World Water Day.
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke to his colleagues on the House floor about how scientists have discovered a number of “tipping points” where abrupt changes in climate could create a variety of national and global effects.
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