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Representative Jim Moran


Leadership: Congressman Moran is committed to supporting programs and legislation that promote environmental stewardship and develop sustainable and renewable energy sources. Congressman Moran believes in truly effective environmental policies that not only protect our environment, but also strengthen our economy. Representative Moran also believes our nation has an unhealthy addiction to fossil fuels, making our economy dangerously vulnerable to instability in oil prices, and therefore, he believes in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. He believes in investments in clean, green energy development to stimulate the economy.

Representative Moran has proven his commitment to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by voting for legislation to end public subsidies for fossil fuels, and supports the creation of tax incentives to encourage solar, wind, biodiesel, and other alternative fuels.

Representative Moran strongly opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and has led the fight to prevent offshore drilling in the Commonwealth. He has introduced legislation to strengthen the monitoring and regulation of toxins in drinking water, and also supports a commitment to improvements in public transportation. He has been instrumental in an effort to bring Metro Rail to the Dulles Corridor.

As the Ranking Democratic Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment, Congressman Moran has:

  • Ensured Conservation was once again the primary mission of our public land management agencies
  • Assumed the lead role in fighting against harmful anti-environmental legislation
  • Spearheaded efforts to oppose more than 20 anti-environmental and anti-conservation provisions and succeeded in removing all but two in the final 2011 budget deal
  • Beat back efforts to prevent the EPA from regulating harmful greenhouse gases
  • Block risky oil drilling off Virginia’s coast and included a moratorium to prevent new drilling leases from being issues on the East Coast, West Coast, and Alaska’s Bristol Bay
  • Increased funding for cleanup and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Invested over $450 million in climate change scientific research and adaptation efforts
  • Provided new funding to explore the troubling phenomenon of intersex fish in the Potomac River (and their implications for human health)
  • Increased funding for restoration and care of national parks by $30 million.

Representative Moran sponsored:

  • H.R. 1686 (To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to impose a retail tax on disposable carryout bags, and for other purposes, 2013)
  • H.R. 6422 (International Conservation Corps Act of 2012)
  • H.RES. 672 (Expression the sense of the House of Representative that the energy, environmental, and foreign policies of the United States should reflect appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to climate change, as documented by credible scientific findings and as evidenced by the extreme weather events of recent years – of 2012)
  • H.AMDT.43 to H.R. 1 (Amendment sought to increase funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act by $50 million with the offset being a $50 million reduction in the EPA Diesel Emissions Program of 2011)
  • H.AMDT.714 to H.R. 2584 (Amendment sought to reduce the fund for the BLM’s oil and gas and grazing management programs by $18,663,000 and increase the funding for the Indian Sanitation Facilities Program by a similar amount – of 2011)
  • H.AMDT.753 to H.R. 2584 (Amendment sought to strike section 124 from the bill which prohibits the use of funds for the Bureau of Land Management to carry out its duties under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 with respect to Wild Lands Funding of 2011)
  • H.R. 1342 (Landfill Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2091 (Plastic Bag Reduction Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 2986 (National Capital Region Land Conservation Act of 2010)
  • H.RES.701 (To recognize the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve as a unique and precious ecosystem)
  • H.RES.1298 (Encouraging efforts to reduce the use of paper and plastic bags of 2010)

Representative Moran cosponsored:

  • H.R. 71 (Coral Reed Conservation Act Reauthorization and Enhancement Amendments of 2013)
  • H.R. 139 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 609 (End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 786 (Tar Sands Tax Loophole Elimination Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 924 (Incentiving Offshore Wind Power Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 996 (Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1329 (Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1175 (FRESHER Act of 2013): To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study with respect to storm water runoff from oil and gas operations, and for other purposes)
  • H.R. 1630 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1677 (Yosemite National Park Boundary Expansion Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1837 (Clean Water Protection Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1890 (Balancing Food, Farm, and the Environment Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 6077 (Rachel Carson Nature Trail Designation Act of 2012)
  • H.R. 6038 (Global Conservation Act of 2012)
  • H.R. 3334 (Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act)
  • H.R. 1761 (Marine Turtle Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 81 (Shark Conservation Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 1 (Clean Energy Recovery Vote)
  • H.R. 146 (Omnibus Public Land Management Act Vote)
  • H.R. 2996 (FY 2010 Environmental Funding Vote)
  • H.R. 1262 (Clean Water Funding Vote)
  • H.R. 1310 (Clean Water Protection Act)
  • H.R. 21 (NOP)
  • H.R. 556 (Southern Sea Otter Research and Recovery Act of 2009)