I have spent my career fighting to preserve our air, land, and water in New Jersey and across our country. These resources are critical to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for future generations. The impacts of climate change are on our doorsteps. We need to mobilize every part of our American skills and ingenuity to prevent this crisis from getting worse and protect our finite natural resources from polluting industries. I have used my position as New Jersey’s only member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to advocate for climate-focused policies, including cosponsoring the Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal makes a statement about our values and underlines my mission in Washington: environmental conservation and job creation. The plan put forward in the Green New Deal would allow the United States to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and provide high-wage jobs. This balance allows us to achieve economic and environmental security for all Americans.
During my career I have fought to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and agricultural sectors. Living in New Jersey, I understand the need to clean up existing hazardous waste and abandoned sites. I have not backed down from holding responsible parties accountable and fighting to remediate these sites. I have long championed new policies to improve our energy and water efficiency standards to upgrade existing buildings. I am mindful of the long history of inequality and injustice that occurred as a result of environmental racism. We can reverse these trends by promoting equality.
I have sought to combat climate change and global warming through underused methods and changing the tax code. I am the lead sponsor of the Offshore Wind Power Act to extend the wind investment tax credit to help grow the offshore wind industry in the United States. As a member of the Subcommittee on Trade, I have called for the Commerce Secretary to investigate the national security threats of our carbon emission imports under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.
During the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, I pushed for key energy provisions to get people back to work and reduce our fossil fuel dependence. This landmark legislation increased renewable energy production. The bill also provided funds to upgrade public buildings and more than 1 million modest-income homes to be more energy efficient, which lowered our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Recently, I have prioritized the cleanup of polluted and contaminated sites that are the legacy of industrialization throughout North Jersey. I fought for federal support for the clean up of Berry’s Creek and the contaminated lower 17 miles of the Passaic River. I have worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support important flood control and mitigation projects in our state.
I have dedicated much time and attention to preserving spaces for public use and recognizing the history in our community. That is why I fought to create a National Historical Park in the Great Falls Historic District in Paterson. This is the storied site where Alexander Hamilton implemented his vision of an economically-secure America. The Great Falls is both a tourist destination and a refuge for local residents to enjoy and gather.