Congress Passes Bipartisan Climate Investments in Year-End Funding Bill

Funding Bill Reflects Growing Climate Urgency, But Misses Major Opportunity

December 19, 2019
Dave Kuntz, (202) 572-3570, dkuntz@edf.org

(WASHINGTON, DC – December 19, 2019) Congress passed a bipartisan year-end government funding bill that makes major investments in numerous Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) climate priorities.

The funding bill specifically increases investments for clean energy innovation research and development for clean transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency technologies, environmental protections, public health programs, agriculture conservation, climate research, and adaptation.

“These bipartisan and record-level climate investments to expand research and development and bolster clean car technology reflect the growing urgency on Capitol Hill to transition to a 100% clean future. While the climate resources in the funding bill are promising investments, Congress missed an important opportunity to include critical clean energy tax incentives in the year-end deal. We need to grab every opportunity to make progress — the climate crisis will not wait for incremental change.”

  • Elizabeth Gore, EDF Senior Vice-President, Political Affairs

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