When it comes to promoting sound energy policies that create jobs and protect our environment, one of New York’s newest members of Congress, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, stands out as a strong advocate of a substantive clean energy policy agenda.
In May, Stefanik took a stand against an amendment to the Y17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would undermine alternative energy used by the military.
“Unfortunately, this amendment would impede military facilities, like Drum, from continuing to pursue energy solutions that enhance national security, training capabilities, and operational flexibility,” she said on the House floor this spring. “Providing our military with resilient energy ensures our service members remain able to respond to any threats at any time. DOD’s use of alternative energy strengthens their ability to conduct combative operations, humanitarian response, and protects our national security.”
During just her first term in Congress, Stefanik joined with eleven fellow members of Congress to form the House Republican Energy, Innovation and Environmental Working Group. CRES commended Stefanik and the working group’s membership for their unparalleled commitment to uniting commonsense, pro-business policies with clean energy reform and environmental conservation.
Throughout her tenure, Stefanik has shown herself to be a generational leader who grasps the benefits of clean energy technology, and has sought to ensure investments in research continue long into the future. That’s why in 2015 she voted to protect $2 billion of funding for innovative clean energy research within the Department of Energy. She also co-sponsored the POWER Act, legislation that included critical tax credits to support increased development of wind and solar power.
Even as a freshman member of Congress, Elise Stefanik has amassed a substantive policy portfolio, and has championed clean energy solutions for New York families. Her decisive action serves as an example of what can be achieved in Washington when policymakers set aside partisanship in favor of achieving results for their constituents.