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Representative Niki Tsongas

Natural Resources; Armed Services
Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, A founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition

“Since being elected in October, 2007, I have made protecting our environment and promoting energy independence a priority of my office.”


Leadership: From her seat on the House Natural Resources Committee, Congresswoman Tsongas continues her relentless efforts to protect the environment. She is a leading opponent of offshore drilling, and is leading the effort against opening up the Atlantic shelf to drilling. She stood in opposition to the misguided MSA reauthorization effort last year, and was a leader in the successful reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in the Omnibus. She has also fought against the anti-environemental riders introduced to hamper the National Ocean Policy, and has offered an amendment to block pipelines from being approved to run through National Parks.

Representative Tsongas sponsored:

  • H.R 3707 (Groundwork USA Trust Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 412 (Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1890 (SAFER Drilling Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 2240 (Lowell National Historical Park Land Exchange Act of 2011)
  • H.R.412 (Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act of 2012)
  • H.AMDT.284 to H.R. 1231 (Amendment sought to require that all applicants for a drilling permit under a lease issued pursuant to the bill would have to submit a worst-case scenario oil spill containment and clean-up plan of 2011).
  • H.R. 351 (Minute Man National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 5709 (Oil Spill Preparation and Protection Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 5853 (Minute Man National Historical Park Boundary Revision Act of 2008)

Representative Tsongas cosponsored:

  • H.R 2012 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2017)
  • H.R 1969 (Safe Hydration is an American Right in Energy Development Act of 2017)
  • H.R 1812 (CLIMATE Act 2017)
  • H.R 2000 (CLEANER Act of 2017)
  • H.R 4479 (Families of Flint Act 2017)
  • H.R. 239 (Udall-Eisenhower Arctic Wilderness Act)
  • H.R. 756 (Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1275 (Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act)
  • H.R. 1276 (Coastal State Climate Change Planning Act)
  • H.R. 1278 (Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1460 (Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1482 (Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1548 (BREATHE Act)
  • H.R. 1814 (To permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.)
  • H.R. 1977 (Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism Anti-Drilling Act)
  • H.R. 2296 (Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act)
  • H.R. 2663 (Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2804 (SAFE Act)
  • H.R. 3526 (CECIL Act)
  • H.R. 3632 (Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 3720 (Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 4215 (CLEANER Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1630 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 1837 (Clean Water Protection Act of 2011, of 2013)
  • H.R. 3780 (Ocean Energy Safety and Technology Improvement Act of 2013)
  • H.R. 4426 (Clean Energy Victory Bond Act of 2014)
  • H.R. 3238 (Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 601 (End Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1380 (New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 1964 (Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 3286 (Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 3465 (National Forest Roadless Area Conservation Act of 2011)
  • H.R. 21 (Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act of 2009)
  • H.R. 5214 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Act of 2010)
  • H.R. 1016 (To amend the Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996 to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into cooperative agreements with any of the management partners of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, and for other purposes of 2007).
  • H.R. 1590 (Safe Climate Act of 2007)