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Rep. Porter Continues Environmental Advocacy, Joins Bipartisan House Effort to Curb New Oil Drilling

Congresswoman follows through after Orange County roundtable focusing on environmental issues during August district work period

Washington, DC, September 12, 2019

Congresswoman Katie Porter (CA-45) this week joined House colleagues to pass three bipartisan bills to protect sensitive American lands and coastlines from new oil drilling. Porter is continuing to build momentum on environmental issues after hosting a roundtable with Orange County environmental advocates during the August district work period.

“Orange County is blessed with beautiful natural coastlines—we have the responsibility to protect our oceans and beaches for future generations,” Congresswoman Porter said. “I thank the environmental advocates who took the time to speak with me over the August work period about their priorities in the 45th District. The three bills that I joined House colleagues in passing this week are another step we take in our journey toward a more sustainable future.”

The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, which passed the House today with Porter’s support, would protect the Alaskan coast from development, stopping further damage to the environment in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Two additional bills that passed the House yesterday and received Porter’s support, the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act, ban new offshore oil and gas drilling along the American coastlines along the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico.

During the August district work period, Congresswoman Porter hostable a roundtable at which she heard from over 20 environmental activists. At the event, advocates asked for congressional action to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and to keep American waters and beaches clean for future generations.

Congresswoman Porter has been a consistent advocate for protecting our environment. Earlier this year, she helped lead legislation to support clean vehicles and innovation. She also joined House colleagues in passing a bill to require the Administration to develop a serious plan for how the United States will meet its commitment to reduce pollution. This bill included a Porter-authored amendment highlighting the importance of scientific research and continued need for clean technology development.