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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Climate Change and Environment

Congresswoman Velázquez believes a cleaner environment means working people will have healthier communities in which to raise their families.  In that regard, she has worked to protect our environment nationally, while addressing public health and environmental concerns at home, in New York.  She also recognizes that climate change presents an existential threat to our nation, our planet and our future. She supports bold, meaningful action to address this problem.  
She voted against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which would accelerate a “race to the bottom” for environmental standards.  She also opposed the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal, which would risk significant environmental degradation.
As the top Democrat on the Small Business Committee, she has supported policies that position entrepreneurs as leaders in the green energy revolution, enabling the development and adoption of cleaner energy sources to help slow climate change.  The Congresswoman has also endorsed the "Green New Deal", a forward thinking plan to strengthen our economy, address climate change and tackle income inequality through public investments renewable energy.  

Locally, the Congresswoman continues working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to see progress made on Superfund sites in New York like the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek and the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company. She remains committed to seeing these sites remediated, while protecting the needs of the local community and area businesses.
As our City has recovered from Sandy, Rep. Velázquez has steered federal resources toward ensuring our communities are more resilient to future weather catastrophes. She helped bring $511 million in federal resources to Lower Manhattan and the Lower East Side for flood and storm resiliency projects. $100 million has gone to Red Hook for innovative flood protection systems and the Congresswoman is working to secure additional funds. As our climate changes, New York may see additional flooding and storms in the future and it is important our City and neighborhoods be prepared.
Finally, Rep. Velázquez recognizes that we still face public health and environmental challenges from 9/11.  She helped successfully push the extension and full funding of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, which care for first responders and others suffering from 9/11-related ailments.
For all these efforts the Congresswoman has been recognized as a steadfast champion of the environment, receiving a 100% vote rating from the New York State League of Conservation Voters. She will continue working to protect our environment.


More on Climate Change and Environment

March 29, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has led more than 100 of her Congressional colleagues in calling for a boost in federal dollars for the “Superfund” environmental remediation program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Priorities List (NPL) or “Superfund” program helps to clean up over 1,300 environmentally contaminated sites throughout the nation. Velázquez’s district, New York’s 7th, contains all or part of three Superfund sites: the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek and the Wolff-Alport Chemical Company.  
January 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – The House of Representatives has approved two proposals authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) aimed at assisting Puerto Rico, as the troubled island continues recovering from economic hardship and historically catastrophic hurricanes.  The amendments were approved as part of H.R. 268, a supplemental spending bill that appropriates additional funding for disaster assistance.   

January 7, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) marked the first day of the 116th Congress by introducing a range of bills meant to benefit New York’s working families, students, entrepreneurs, seniors and others.  

“With a new Democratic Majority comes renewed opportunity to advance policies that benefit New Yorkers and working people throughout the nation,” Velázquez said. “I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to advance these commonsense proposals in the new Congress.”  

August 21, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today regarding the Trump Administration’s decision to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

             “The Trump Administration’s ‘polluters-first’ proposal to gut the Clean Power Plan is just as reckless as expected.

August 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 6631, the Ban Nerve Agents in Our Food Act of 2018, a bill to end the use of organophosphate pesticides in the United States. Organophosphates have been linked to neurological damage, respiratory illnesses such as asthma and other chronic and debilitating diseases.

February 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) commented today on the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget proposal:  

March 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation aimed at ensuring there are adequate staffing levels at key agencies that protect the public health.  Her bill, H.R. 1561, would exempt the Centers for the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) from a hiring freeze instituted when President Trump signed an Executive Order in late January.  

March 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding the release of President Trump’s budget today: 

“Donald Trump campaigned on promises of standing for working people.  This budget makes a mockery of those claims and makes clear where the Administration’s real priorities lie.  

February 27, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez today submitted comments to to the House Appropriations Committee, seeking adequate funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The comments she filed are below.  

February 8, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – The House Financial Services Committee has approved three amendments authored by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY). The provisions were adopted as part of the Committee’s Authorization and Oversight Plan and would help address pressing issues facing New Yorkers.  

“Housing issues are critically important to all New Yorkers and the amendments I authored and my colleagues approved will make important strides for both renters and homeowners living throughout the five boroughs,” Velázquez said.