Environment & Animal Welfare
"In California, I was honored to coauthor AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. But it’s clear to me that to solve climate change, we need America to do what California has done, and then for America to get other countries to do what California has done. That’s why my first piece of legislation in Congress was the Climate Solutions Act of 2015: a bold, innovative plan to energize investment in green energy technology, set strong renewable energy standards and slash the carbon pollution that is damaging our planet."
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WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Trump Administration announced last month that it would roll back fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 to 2026. These standards are significantly weaker than those that had been promulgated by the Obama Administration. Among other changes, under the rule, automakers will be required to improve annual fuel efficiency by 1.5 percent rather than 5 percent.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper calling for a regular public disclosure of the number of animals the Defense Department uses in its research. Presently, the American public does not have a full accounting of all species used in animal research at the DoD. An annual disclosure by the department would ensure the DoD continues its efforts to reduce the unnecessary use of animals in testing and research.
Dear Secretary Esper,
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) sent a letter with Reps. Karen Bass, Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, Nanette Barragan and Lucille Roybal-Allard to the Assistant Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to support the West Basin Municipal Water District’s $5 million funding request for the Harbor South Bay project within the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Fiscal Year 2020 Construction work plan.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu announced the passage of his bill, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Boundary Adjustment Study Act. This bill will commission the National Park Service to conduct a three-year Special Resource Study to determine whether to add much of the Santa Monica Bay watershed to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) or to create a new national recreation area.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) testified before the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis during their "Member Day" hearing. The Congressman spoke in support of broad efforts to mitigate climate change and highlighted his bills, the Climate Solutions Act and the Renewable Energy for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Act.
Rep. Lieu's remarks as prepared:
LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which Rep. Lieu cosponsored in the House. The PACT Act criminalizes the acts of animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of cruelty as they affect interstate trade or foreign commerce. The PACT Act is now expected to be signed into law.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) on Thursday wrote a letter asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stop using animals for "cruel and deadly" medical training exercises.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) reintroduced the Prohibiting Threatened and Endangered Creature Trophies (ProTECT) Act. This legislation would amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to prohibit taking endangered or threatened species into the United States as a trophy and the importation of any such trophy into the United States.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after it was announced that President Trump is expected to revoke California’s authority to set stringent car pollution standards.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1941, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act. This bill, which he cosponsored, prohibits the Department of the Interior from offering any tract for oil and gas leasing or preleasing in the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf planning area or the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf planning area, part of which hugs Rep. Lieu’s district.