Energy & Environment

Larsen Shapes House Defense Bill to Support WA’s Servicemembers, Military Families, Protect Marine Mammals, Advance Emerging Tech, Ensure Global Security

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported House-passage of the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Larsen, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee (HASC), helped shape the final bill, securing provisions to support Northwest Washington’s servicemembers and military families, protect marine mammals, advance new and emerging technologies, ensure global security and invest in the future of work. The NDAA passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 316 to 113.

Larsen: Building Northwest Washington’s Transportation Network Back Better Means Building Back Cleaner, Greener

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) supported passage of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s portion of the Build Back Better Act, which invests nearly $60 billion to build a cleaner and greener U.S. transportation network, create more well-paying jobs and fight climate change. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for consideration.

Larsen: Bold, FDR-Like Investment in Infrastructure Creates Well-Paying Jobs, Fights Climate Change

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“The INVEST in America Act is the bold, FDR-like investment in infrastructure the nation needs to create well-paying jobs, drive economic recovery and build a cleaner and greener transportation network,” said Larsen, a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “I will continue to work with my colleagues to push this aggressive and progressive bill across the finish line to put Washingtonians to work, keep the economy moving and fight climate change.”

Larsen: Bold, FDR-Like Surface Transportation Bill Creates Jobs, Fights Climate Change in Northwest Washington

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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee completed consideration of the INVEST in America Act, a bold, FDR-like surface transportation bill that will invest nearly $5 billion over the next five years in Washington state’s transportation network.

Larsen, Payne: Investment in Green Ferries Steers U.S. Toward Cleaner Transportation Future

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and Donald Payne (NJ-10) introduced legislation to make it easier for ferry systems to invest in cleaner and greener ferries and combat climate change. The Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Environmental Enhancement through New Ferries Act (GREEN Ferries Act) amends the Federal Transit Administration’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program to encourage the use of federal funds for the purchase of low- and no-emission ferry vessels and construction of related infrastructure.

Larsen, Brownley, Kilmer Introduce Bill to Boost Electric Bus Fleets, Combat Climate Change

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Reps. Rick Larsen (WA-02), Julia Brownley (CA-26) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced legislation to boost the use of electric buses in local transit fleets to combat climate change and keep people and the economy moving. The Generating Reduced Emissions by Electrifying New Buses (GREEN Buses) Act amends the Federal Transit Administration’s Low or No (Low-No) Emission Vehicle Program to require the deployment of electric buses by organizations engaged in public transportation.

Chair Larsen Opening Statement at Aviation Subcommittee Hearing on "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (WA-02) delivered the below opening statement at today’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing entitled "The Leading Edge: Innovation in U.S. Aerospace.” More information about Tuesday’s hearing, including witnesses, testimony, additional background information and live webcast, can be found here. For video of Larsen’s opening statemen...

Larsen’s Earth Day Message: Congress, Industry Must Act to Make U.S. Aviation Cleaner, Greener

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As chair of the House Aviation Subcommittee, I recognize that aviation and aerospace mean well-paying jobs in the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. More than 130,000 women and men are employed by over 1,300 aerospace-related companies in my home state of Washington. But, as the world celebrates the 51st Earth Day, I also recognize aviation’s contributions to climate change. The aviation and aerospace industry are responsible for 9 percent of carbon emissions in U.S. transportation, and up to 3 percent of total emissions globally. Clearly, Congress and the industry must act to reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.

Larsen: Bold, FDR-Like Investment in Nation’s Infrastructure Will Create Jobs, Fight Climate Change

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) released a comprehensive report highlighting local transportation infrastructure needs in Washington’s Second Congressional District and calling for aggressive and progressive federal investment in the nation’s transportation network. A senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Larsen released the report in advance of Thursday’s full Committee hearing with DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg.