Congresswoman Diana DeGette

Representing the First District of Colorado
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DeGette, Dingell introduce legislation opposing Trump’s rollback of key environmental rule

Feb 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced legislation today to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to gut the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA.

The move comes on the heels of President Trump’s recent announcement that his administration was seeking to make several changes to the landmark environmental law, including eliminating the law’s current requirement that federal agencies consider how proposed projects would effect climate change going forward.

“The Trump administration is trying to gut one of our nation’s most effective environmental laws, and allow our federal agencies to ignore any impact their projects may have on climate change going forward,” said DeGette. “This is one of the most dangerous anti-environmental proposals that this administration has put forth yet and, if allowed to go forward, will set us back years in our fight to combat the climate crisis.”

NEPA has been one of America’s bedrock conservation laws since 1970 and requires federal agencies to consider the potential environmental impacts of any project they permit or undertake. It also gives the American people a rare avenue to challenge an agency’s decision to move forward with a project that could be harmful to the environment.

On Monday, the Center for American Progress and Hart Research released the findings from a new survey which found proposed changes to NEPA are extremely unpopular with Americans across the political spectrum.

DeGette, who has been an outspoken critic of the administration’s changes to NEPA since they were announced, led a letter last month calling on the administration to abandon its effort to gut the law. That letter was cosigned by 140 members of Congress.

The resolution DeGette and Dingell introduced today would express the chamber’s formal opposition to the administration’s attempts to weaken NEPA.  

The full text of the resolution is available here.

A copy of the letter DeGette and others sent to the administration is available here.