McEachin Announces New Congressional Partners in the Environmental Justice Fight

April 22, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) released the following statement after U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tom Carper (D-DE) announced the creation of the Senate’s first-ever Environmental Justice Caucus. The caucus is modeled after the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force, which was co-founded by Representatives McEachin, Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Nanette Barragán (CA-44) last Congress.

“I am committed to fighting for environmental equity and ensuring that the communities most directly impacted by our changing climate are involved in policymaking at all levels of government,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “For these reasons, I am thrilled by the expansion of the environmental and climate justice movement in Congress. The United for Climate and Environmental Justice task force provides a platform for low-income and rural communities and communities of color to engage with Congress on a variety of issues. I look forward to greater collaboration and policy development on both sides of the Capitol to ensure every person in America has access to clean air, pure water, and a healthy natural environment.”

Since its formation, the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force has led numerous letters, co-sponsored events, and introduced legislation to highlight the impact of climate change on marginalized communities. Most recently the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Task Force co-chairs led a comment letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to halt efforts to weaken the 2015 Clean Water Rule, otherwise known as the “waters of the United States” rule or WOTUS.

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The United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force was co-founded by Representatives McEachin, Jayapal, and Barragán to address the disproportionate environmental impact on communities of color, low-income families and other marginalized groups. The co-chairs represent the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) respectively.

 

Contact: Ariana Valderrama

(202) 225-6365

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