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DeSaulnier Measures Included in House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Action Plan

June 30, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, three bills authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) were included as part of the House Select Committee’s Climate Crisis Action Plan. Congressman DeSaulnier’s bills highlighted in the plan support environmentally friendly vehicles and technology, promote innovation in America’s transportation systems, and improve transportation planning and decision making.

“I am pleased the Select Committee included three of my bills as part of decisive action that should be taken to achieve our clean energy and transportation goals. The United States is falling behind the rest of the world in how we are addressing the climate crisis, and it is hurting our economy and the environment. To make a meaningful impact, we need a comprehensive strategy that moves our country forward while making sure we don’t leave workers behind,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Specifically, the report highlights the following DeSaulnier bills:

  • Clean Corridors Act (H.R. 2616) – Would direct $3 billion in federal funding over the coming decade to construct and install electric vehicle chargers nationwide.
  • Moving FIRST Act (H.R. 3388) – Would create a grant program for the creation of efficient, creative, and innovative transportation projects.
  • COMMUTE Act (H.R. 1517) – Would create a pilot program to improve transportation access and connectivity to job centers, child care, and housing communities.

The Climate Crisis Action Plan would put the country on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, if not earlier. It would power economic recovery through clean energy investment and family-sustaining jobs, and address the legacy of environmental injustice harming America’s low-income communities and communities of color. According to an independent analysis, the Climate Crisis Action Plan would save more than 60,000 American lives every year by 2050 thanks to reduced air pollution, as well as nearly $8 trillion savedthrough 2050 thanks to health and climate benefits. The Plan has received the early support of more than 90 outside organizations.

“House Democrats recognize that we have the moral imperative to meet this moment with a bold climate action plan to reduce carbon pollution, create much-needed jobs to rebuild our economy, and tackle the systemic injustice of environmental racism head-on,” said Rep. Kathy Castor, Chair of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

The full Select Committee report is viewable here.