Climate and Environment

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November 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, a once-in-a-generation proposal that will lower the everyday costs that burden working families, from lowering healthcare costs, to cutting taxes on the middle class, to providing paid family leave and child care relief.

October 20, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) praised the Biden Administration’s announcement of new protections of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) and surrounding watershed in northeastern Minnesota.

August 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to to the Army Corps of Engineers expressing concerns over the Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline.

Full text of the letter is available here and below: 

Dear Acting Assistant Secretary Pinkham:

July 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C.— Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Regulations, held a hearing examining the role of the Small Business Administration (SBA) and small firms in fighting climate change. In 2021, historic floods, record temperatures, and blazing wildfires have wreaked havoc on communities, posing a significant threat to small businesses nationwide.

May 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) introduced the Arctic Diplomacy Act of 2021, legislation that would establish a United States Ambassador at Large for Arctic Affairs. The newly created Arctic Ambassador would work with partner nations to maintain peace and stability while encouraging environmentally sustainable natural resource management and economic development. The bill would also mandate an Arctic Region Security Policy to bolster U.S.

May 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) sent a letter to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry asking the Biden Administration to clarify its policy regarding cross-border pipelines and to explain how the permitting process can mitigate the risks pipelines pose to tribal sovereignty and our natural environment.

May 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) questioned Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry about U.S. diplomacy and the global response to climate change. During the hearing, Rep. Phillips compelled testimony on President Biden’s vision for a “foreign policy for the middle class” and the link between decarbonization and American competitiveness in the global economy.

April 22, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped announce the reintroduction of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, legislation that would safeguard the pristine BWCA and prevent sulfide-ore copper mining in the Superior National Forest. The bill is led by Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) and Rep.

April 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced the reintroduction of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA), bold legislation that would utilize market forces to combat climate change and incentivize the speedy transition to a clean energy economy. The bill earned 86 bipartisan co-sponsors in the previous Congress, and Rep. Phillips is an original co-sponsor.

March 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Reps. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and David Joyce (R-OH) and Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the RECYLE Act, a bipartisan bill that would lead to vast improvements in community and residential recycling programs.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) delivered a letter to Minnesota Administrative Law Judge Jessica Palmer-Denig advocating for the proposed Minnesota Clean Cars rule, which would reduce pollution and ensure that Minnesotans have access to zero-emissions vehicles.

February 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) and Rep. David Joyce (R-OH) introduced H.R. 5906, the bipartisan Recycling Enhancements to Collection and Yield through Consumer Learning and Education (RECYCLE) Act. The bill authorizes $15 million per year for five years in grants to states, tribes, nonprofits, public partnerships, and local governments looking to increase community outreach, awareness and education on recycling.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) issued the following statement after Chilean mining conglomerate and owner of Twin Metals, Antofagasta, submitted a plan to the Minnesota DNR detailing its proposal to develop a sulfide-ore copper mine adjacent to Minnesota’s treasured Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness this week.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced today that his amendment aimed at cleaning up a polluted former missile site in Watertown, MN was included in final passage of the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed the Senate today. President Trump is expected to sign the bipartisan agreement into law.

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) helped to introduce the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019 as an original co-sponsor.

November 14, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) testified before the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis about the urgent need for climate action. In Congress, Phillips is member of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force and is a strong advocate for H.R.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) announced that an amendment he authored – aimed at cleaning up a former missile site in Watertown, MN that left the area contaminated with harmful pollutants – has been included in the House’s FY 2020 defense bill.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) released the following statement today after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced it has renewed a 10-year lease for Twin Metals near Ely, Minnesota. The renewal allows Twin Metals, a Chilean-owned mining company, to engage in mineral exploration on national forest land adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA).
 

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) voted in favor of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act., which passed the House today. The bill aims to ensure the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action.

May 2, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) voiced his strong support for H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, on the House Floor. The bill would ensure the United States honors our commitments detailed in the Paris Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action.

Watch Rep. Phillips's full remarks here.

Rep. Phillips’s remarks as prepared:

I rise in support of Rep. Levin’s Amendment, and H.R. 9 - the Climate Action Now Act.

April 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - In celebration of Earth Week, Rep. Dean Phillips announced today that he is co-sponsoring H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the only bipartisan bill in Congress aimed at combating climate change and incentivizing a green economy. Phillips reiterated his continued focus on finding impactful legislative solutions for combating climate change in a statement today: