Omnibus spending package includes $100 million for environmental justice programs, an historic, transformational expansion of the current $12 million initiative
Washington (March 14, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement after Senate passage of the 2022 Fiscal Year omnibus spending package, which included funding or report language for several of the Senator’s key environmental justice, air quality, and climate health priorities.
Senator Markey’s provisions secured in the FY22 omnibus include:
“Storms, floods, heat waves, droughts, wildfires have been supercharged by climate change—caused by the ongoing and historic use of fossil fuels—and incremental efforts won’t be enough to keep people safe today or in the future,” said Senator Markey, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety. “All Americans are feeling the devastation from this crisis, but Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities face an extra burden: the burden of environmental racism. Historically, these communities also have been denied the resources needed to monitor and map pollution, protect their health from climate impacts, remediate past harms, and build a clean energy future. Additionally, without intentional investment for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in environmental justice communities, lower income and individuals living in multi-family housing will not be able to access the economic and health benefits that EVs provide.
“These appropriations are an excellent start, but we can and must do more to create jobs, bring down energy costs, boost American innovation, and put frontline communities who have borne the brunt of the impacts of the climate crisis at the center of our fight through a focus on environmental justice. Congress must act now to make this a reality by passing the $555 billion in climate justice and clean energy provisions and carving a path to delivering on a Green New Deal that will transform our economy and reverberate for decades to come.”