Speaker Pelosi Announces Rep. Escobar Will Join Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Jan 26, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16) will join the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis during the 117th Congress.


Select Committee Chair Kathy Castor released the following statement:


“Congresswoman Escobar is a steadfast climate champion whose vision for clean energy innovation will help us create jobs, reduce pollution, and expand opportunities for Black, Brown, and tribal communities,” said Chair Castor. “Her leadership is vital to ensuring our military has the tools necessary to protect America, and her push for solar energy research and development will benefit workers in Texas and across the country. I'm proud to welcome Congresswoman Escobar to the Select Committee. She is a leader in the Congress and is poised to lift working families as we solve the climate crisis.” 


The Speaker also confirmed the returning Members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis are:


  • Congresswoman Kathy Castor of Florida, Chair
  • Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon
  • Congresswoman Julia Brownley of California
  • Congressman Sean Casten of Illinois
  • Congressman Jared Huffman of California
  • Congressman Mike Levin of California
  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin of Virginia
  • Congressman Joe Neguse of Colorado


“I’m incredibly grateful for our returning members and their continued commitment to the Select Committee’s mission. Their perspective was instrumental in crafting our Climate Crisis Action Plan last Congress, and their continued leadership will ensure we turn our recommendations into lasting solutions for the American people,” Chair Castor said.


“Our Democratic House Majority has hit the ground running since Day One to deliver progress For The People,” said Speaker Pelosi. “As Speaker, I am proud to announce the appointments of these dazzling Members to key Committees, where they will advance and accelerate Democrats’ work to ensure that our nation will not only recover from the pandemic and economic crisis, but will Build Back Better.  I am particularly pleased to announce the appointments of new Members to the Select Committees, which will be key forces to advance justice and progress in the Congress and Country.” 


During the 116th Congress, the Democratic members and staff of the Select Committee unveiled the Climate Crisis Action Plan, titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The report lays out detailed climate solutions that Congress should enact to benefit American families in communities across the nation. It calls on Congress to:


  • Grow Our Economy and Put Americans Back to Work in Clean Energy Jobs
  • Protect the Health of All Families
  • Make Sure Our Communities and Farmers Can Withstand the Impacts of Climate Change
  • Protect America’s Land and Waters for the Next Generation


The full report is available HERE.


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