2021 Recent Vote
Chair John Yarmuth (D-KY) sponsored H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. This transformational legislation invests $555 billion in climate, clean energy jobs, and environmental justice and would help put us on a path to reduce emissions by 50% by 2030. At the center of these investments is a robust ten-year set of tax incentives totaling $320 billion for clean energy and manufacturing, transmission, electric vehicles, innovative technologies, and energy efficiency that will save households hundreds of dollars annually, are tied to strong labor provisions and support domestic manufacturing. The bill prioritizes environmental justice through investments such as environmental and climate justice block grants, funding for reducing toxic air and water pollution, electrifying ports, trucks, buses and transit, and a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund that delivers 40% of investments to disadvantaged communities, all of which help meet President Biden’s Justice40 initiative. It also makes investments in domestic manufacturing and industrial decarbonization, coupled with strong labor provisions to ensure the creation of good, union jobs in the growing clean energy economy. It also bans new oil and gas leasing off the East coast, West coast, and eastern Gulf of Mexico, funds replacement of lead pipes and clean water infrastructure, reduces methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, restores protections to the Arctic Refuge, invests in resiliency with climate-smart agriculture and coastal restoration, and so much more. On November 19, the House approved H.R. 5376 by a vote of 220-213 (House roll call vote 385). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.