In a letter delivered to Speaker Nancy Pelosi today, more than 70 U.S. House members affirmed their opposition to a legislative deal crafted by Senators Schumer and Manchin that would fast-track fossil fuel infrastructure development. 10 New York Representatives were among the signatories: Bowman, Clarke, Espaillat, Jones, C. Maloney, Meng, Nadler, Ocasio-Cortez, Torres, and Velazquez. Representative Jeffries has been notably silent on this issue, as activists ramp up the pressure, protesting outside his Brooklyn office last week.
The deal, which Schumer apparently intends to attach to an upcoming budget continuing resolution, would fast-track fossil fuel projects, including the highly controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. Yesterday, activists in New York traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the deal alongside hundreds of activists from across the country.
In response, Food & Water Watch Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp issued the following statement:
“Today, the New York House delegation issued a strong rebuke of Senator Schumer and his spineless dirty pipeline deal. Backroom deals that sell out frontline communities, sidestep state permitting authority and double down on climate-killing fossil fuels are no way to lead.
“Schumer’s dirty pipeline deal is an affront to his own constituents’ fight for a livable future. For those that represent us, this is the time to choose — people or fossil fuels. Senator Schumer, stop the dirty deal.”
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