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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

September 16, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced H.R. 4299, the Data Preservation Act of 2019, which would promote the discovery and use of the Nation’s geoscience collections by reauthorizing the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program within the United States Geological Survey through 2024.

August 28, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that the Trump Administration will siphon resources from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund to fund its family incarceration policy:

August 15, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC – Led by Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), dozens of House Democrats are pressing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to explain its rationale for allowing the continued use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that has been linked to harmful health effects, including damaging brain development in children.
July 18, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has authored legislation to ban Paraquat, a toxic herbicide currently used in the United States. A wealth of scientific evidence has linked the chemical to Parkinson’s disease, thyroid conditions, respiratory problems and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one small sip of Paraquat can be fatal to humans and there is no antidote. The herbicide’s toxicity has raised concerns about its exposure to humans, particularly agriculture workers.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement regarding news that Hector Figueroa had passed:

“I was truly heartbroken to hear of Hector’s passing. Hector was a giant in the labor movement, a tireless voice for the people of Puerto Rico and a passionate advocate for working people everywhere. To me, he was a dear friend, an inspiration and a personified reminder of why we fight. I counted on Hector for wise advice and counsel from my earliest days in New York politics.

June 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, expressing concerns that taxpayer-funded climate research is being suppressed. The letter is online here and the full text is below.


June 27, 2019


The Honorable Sonny Perdue


United States Department of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture

1280 Maryland Ave SW,

Washington, DC 20250


May 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.­­ – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) has introduced legislation to prevent the use of a class of toxic pesticides in National Wildlife Refuges. While the Obama Administration had instituted a 2014 ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, commonly called neonics, in Refuges the Trump Administration’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoked the ban in August of last year.  The ban’s revocation comes as mounting evidence suggests the chemical has damaging environmental effects on bees and other pollinators, undermining the national wildlife system. 

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.”