Congresswoman Bush Secures $110.5 Million for Federal Climate Action
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This past Wednesday, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) voted in support of House of Representatives passed the H.R. 8294, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2023, which included three of her amendments.
These amendments provided an additional $10.5 million in essential funding for various environmental and energy efficient projects on top of the $100 million Congresswoman Bush secured for the domestic manufacturing of clean and renewable energy through the Defense Production Act.
“The climate crisis continues to devastate our communities. Inaction would have deadly consequences, which is why we, as lawmakers, have a responsibility to ensure that we legislate with urgency to tackle the climate crisis,” said Congresswoman Bush. “That is why I introduced three amendments that would fund projects working to mitigate carbon emissions and address climate change. This is on top of the $100 million we secured to advance President Biden’s use of the Defense Production Act on clean energy initiatives, which will make investments in renewable energy and help reduce gas and utility prices for everyday families across the country. I am thrilled to have seen my amendments pass through the House last week, and will continue fighting for clean air and water on behalf of the people of St. Louis using every legislative tool possible.”
The three amendments that Congresswoman Bush secured in the House-passed appropriations bill, include:
- Amendment #56 increases the Defense Production Act’s Domestic Clean Energy Accelerator by $5 million, bringing the total appropriation up to $105 million
- Amendment #58 transfers $500,000 to study the impacts of low-level radiation on human health and the environment
- Amendment #60 transfers $5 million from the Fossil Energy and Carbon Management office to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office
In April, the Congresswoman introduced H.R. 7439, the Energy Security and Independence Act, alongside Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Jason Crow (CO-06), to robustly fund the Defense Production Act for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. In June, Congresswoman Bush led the effort to include $100 million in funding as part of the Energy and Water appropriations bill in support of President Biden’s executive action to invoke the Defense Production Act for domestic manufacturing of clean energy.
Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.