One of my top priorities is making sure we leave this world better than we found it for the next generation, especially when it comes to our environment.
The U.S. House just passed bills including two amendments I authored to protect South Florida's environmental treasures.
Blocking oil drilling in the Everglades
Billions have been spent on the Everglades restoration plan, to restore and protect these invaluable wetlands, prairies and sawgrass marshes, and I won’t sit idly by while the Everglades are under assault.
An investment company wants to drill an oil well near the Broward and Miami-Dade County line within the Everglades Protection Area. My amendment prohibits the Army Corps from issuing a Clean Water Act Section 404 permit for projects that discharge dredging in Water Conservation Areas 3A and 3B in Florida - in effect, banning oil drilling in the Everglades.
This amendment will help ensure our marine populations and tourist economies don’t live under an imminent threat of an oily crude washing up on our beautiful shores.
Banning drilling around Florida’s sensitive and vital coastlines
The effort was the culmination of bipartisan, cooperative work by Florida’s Congressional delegation, earning it the support of 26 out of 27 delegation members and passing the U.S. House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 252-178.
Last week we held two important hearings at the Committee on Oversight and Reform:
And I called for the Census department to cease pursuing a dangerous citizenship question immediately following the Supreme Court decision on Thursday, which confirmed the Trump administration has been flagrantly deceitful in their public justifications for adding this question.
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It is an honor to represent you in Washington,
Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress