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Environmental Conservation

We absolutely must work to safeguard our environment, and I have spent my career fighting to protect our rivers, parks and forests so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I’m working across the aisle to make sure we preserve the public lands Americans need to visit, explore, fish, hunt, and enjoy wildlife and the outdoors for generations to come. 

We need to focus on ways we can address climate change. I want clean air, clean water, and environmental protection, but those things do not have to be achieved at the expense of jobs, prosperity, and national security. We can protect our environment by promoting policies encouraging clean energy such as nuclear, hydropower, natural gas, wind, and solar. These sources of energy are readily available within America, which ensures our energy independence and allows us to rely on our own citizens to power our country. The American energy industry creates jobs, lowers the cost of gas and electricity for hard-working families, and advances American interests on the world stage.

The Chesapeake Bay is critical to the environmental and economic health of our region and the Commonwealth.  As Co-Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus, I will continue to work to conserve our natural resources and encourage responsible stewardship of our land, water and wildlife.  I have led the effort to maintain the Chesapeake Bay Program and advocated for funding when cuts were suggested and in 2015 my Chesapeake Bay Accountability and Recovery Act was signed into law to help with cleanup efforts. In the 116th Congress, I introduced a bill to better prepare Virginia cities for coastal flooding and I also put forth a bill that supports our nation’s wildlife and another bill that protects our wetlands.

As a lifelong conservationist, I am committed to the conservation of our public lands, wetlands and vast natural resources.