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February 14, 2024

Washington, DC –  Tom Suozzi has been re-elected to the U.S. House, winning last night’s special election to represent the people of New York’s Third Congressional District. Sierra Club endorsed Suozzi and our local group leaders actively mobilized Sierra Club members in this critical race.

February 2, 2024

House Republicans passed a resolution yesterday out of the Rules Committee criticizing the Biden administration for its efforts to advance climate action and environmental justice and protect communities from dangerous proposed fossil fuel projects.

January 12, 2024

WASHINGTON, DC - Former Congressman Tom Suozzi (D) today won the endorsements of the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, the NRDC Action Fund, and the New York League of Conservation Voters Federal Fund in the special election to represent New York’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. The groups cited Suozzi’s extensive pro-environment voting record and his track record of delivering environmental wins for his district.

December 13, 2023

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S House of Representatives is expected to vote to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Joseph R. Biden, even in spite of the fact that their ongoing congressional oversight efforts have yet to produce any evidence of misdeeds committed by the then-former Vice President, now-President.

December 8, 2023

Dubai, UAE – Today, a delegation of Republican members of Congress is scheduled to arrive in Dubai for COP28. As negotiations among the 199 member countries continue, it is unclear what role the members of Congress might play in the conference. Their voting records and public campaign finance data showing close ties to the fossil fuel industry raise even further questions. 

September 29, 2023

Washington, DC – This morning, news broke that Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has passed away. Feinstein served in the U.S. Senate for 31 years. Prior to that, she was the mayor of San Francisco for three terms.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous released the following statement:

September 14, 2023

Republicans in the House of Representatives will put forward a bill to fast-track permitting of facilities that export methane gas overseas. The House Rules Committee noticed last night that H.R. 1130 could be brought to the floor next week. This move comes as Congress is tasked with passing a bill to fund the government by September 30th.

July 14, 2023

“We’ve long known that Senator Joe Manchin is the coal baron’s favorite coal baron, but his efforts to lift up corporate polluters, block clean air, safe drinking water, and the clean energy industry go so much further,” said Sierra Club Executive Director Ben Jealous.

June 20, 2023

House Republicans are reportedly planning to force through their dangerous attacks on environmental protections by attaching them to future must-pass legislation, following the passage of the debt ceiling bill that included provisions weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

June 1, 2023

Washington, DC – The Senate passed the debt limit deal that will allow the nation to pay its bills, but sets a dangerous precedent for fossil fuel companies to circumvent environmental reviews for fossil fuel projects.

May 31, 2023

The House of Representatives voted to advance the debt limit deal that will allow that nation to pay its bill in exchange for fossil fuel industry handouts and other harmful provisions that will hurt people and the environment. Despite long precedent for raising the debt ceiling with a clean bill, the deal was struck after weeks of Republicans threatening to default on America’s debts unless extreme provisions were included, like massive cuts in spending, gutting bedrock environmental laws, overturning popular provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, and more. 

May 29, 2023

Washington, DC – After weeks of Republicans threatening to default on America’s debts for extreme cuts in spending and fossil fuel industry handouts, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and President Biden agreed to a deal to raise the country’s debt ceiling.