Seventy-one-member House sustainability coalition releases priorities for American Jobs Plan legislation

May 27, 2021
Press Release

Washington D.C. – Today, the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) released its coalition endorsed priorities for inclusion in American Jobs Plan legislation. This release comes amid discussions of what a bipartisan infrastructure bill could look like.

The document reads in part:

“Our coalition uniformly believes that we can and must create millions of good, family-sustaining jobs with an equitable recovery plan that simultaneously protects our communities from the ever-increasing threats of climate change while reducing pollution and injustice in historically burdened communities.”

A link to the full list of coalition priorities can be found here. The document includes just over 12 pages of SEEC priorities for jobs, infrastructure, and recovery legislation. It is organized by committee jurisdiction, with the exception of environmental and economic justice, which is covered in a cross-jurisdictional manner. Coalition priorities include but are not limited to:

  • An energy efficiency and clean electricity standard (EECES) to spur job creation and set us on course towards a clean energy economy, further supported by a responsible buildout of transmission infrastructure, a decade-long platform for clean energy tax credits, and policies to electrify our economy.

 

  • Surface transportation policies that drive job growth, renew dilapidated infrastructure, and reduce greenhouse gas and other pollution, such as fix it first policies and robust funding to transition freight and public transit fleets to zero-emission vehicles and install a national network of charging infrastructure, among other policies.

 

  • A focus on equity across all our policies to ensure that this recovery helps address long-standing injustices and creates high-road, family-sustaining jobs as we build a new, clean future that supports all Americans.