Energy and Environment
The United States is blessed with bountiful energy resources and beautiful environmental treasures. Congresswoman Slaughter is focused on developing a sustainable future where advancements in green technology help power the U.S. economy.
Congresswoman Slaughter also believes that Rochester has a special role to play in this new economy due to the concentration of innovative, “green” technology companies in the greater Rochester region. She is focused on doing all that she can to ensure that businesses in Rochester have access to the funding they need to grow and that our natural resources are preserved.
- Protecting the Great Lakes: Over 26 million Americans rely on the Great Lakes for commerce, transportation, drinking water, and recreation. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we have an obligation to future generations to keep this precious resource well-maintained, safe, clean, and free of invasive species. To learn more about the Great Lakes, click here.
- Health and Environment: Congresswoman Slaughter recognizes that protecting the environment isn’t just good for the land, it’s good for our health. As the only microbiologist in Congress, she is committed to fighting environmental health hazards that are both seen and unseen.
- Supporting Renewable Energy: Congresswoman Slaughter wants to see America leading the world in alternative energy development. Instead of watching other countries in Asia and Europe invest in renewable energy and America sit idly by, Congresswoman Slaughter believes the U.S. should be doing all we can to reap the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy. We should seize the opportunity to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create good-paying, high-skill jobs here at home, and protect the environment.
- Investing in Local Businesses: Congresswoman Slaughter knows that the advancements in green technology happening in Rochester will create jobs, make us more energy-independent, and preserve our planet for future generations. She has persistently partnered with local businesses to secure funding from the federal government and cut through red tape. Congresswoman Slaughter is focused on helping Rochester’s businesses do what they do best: create and innovate.
- Eastman Business Park (EBP): In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter announced more than $1.2 million in public and private funding to help innovative energy companies at EBP accelerate commercialization of their technology. A $610,000 Economic Development Administration grant was a direct result of six months of advocacy, including support for EBP’s application and facilitating communication between the agency and the park.
- Children’s Health Task Force Act: Congresswoman Slaughter introduced the Children’s Health Task Force in 2012 to protect the most vulnerable victims of environmental health hazards – our children. Congresswoman Slaughter's legislation would permanently establish an inter-agency task force created by President Bill Clinton that addresses high-priority risks to children’s health, such as the impact of air pollution, hazardous chemicals, and lead exposure.
- OLEDWorks: In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter announced $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for OLEDWorks of Rochester. This funding will support the development and commercialization of technology that can significantly reduce energy costs for American families and businesses and grow high tech U.S. manufacturing jobs. This investment in OLEDWorks shows that Rochester is leading the way in reducing energy costs through this homegrown industry.
- Solar Power: Congresswoman Slaughter supported a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to Rochester’s Intrinsiq Materials. This leader in nanotechnology will develop and commercialize an innovative method of using nickel silicide and copper in solar power cells at a fraction of current costs with a greener manufacturing process. Congresswoman Slaughter is excited to support this critical work making solar power more affordable.
- Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI): Congresswoman Slaughter is a longstanding leader of the GLRI. She is an original co-sponsor of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act, which would authorize the GLRI program for five years at a funding level of $300 million per year. This critical program is the largest federal investment in the Great Lakes in decades and provides funding to fight invasive species, coordinate protection efforts, and bring together organizations with a shared interest in the Great Lakes. Each year since the program’s inception in 2009, Congresswoman Slaughter has led her Great Lakes House colleagues in urging the Appropriations Committee to adequately fund the GLRI, resulting in over $2.2 billion in federal funding since Fiscal Year 2010. To read more about the Great Lakes, please click here.
- Critical Conservation Area (CCA): In 2014, Congresswoman Slaughter successfully called on the United States Department of Agriculture to designate the Great Lakes as a Critical Conservation Area under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. This gives Great Lakes communities access to hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to implement conservation practices. This assistance not only helps farmers further their efforts to protect the region’s waters, but also provides them the resources to continue ensuring an abundant food supply for the future.
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Washington, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the House Great Lakes Task Force, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02), Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) and Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition Co-Chairs, Congressman David P.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today vowed to protect the new RIT-led public-private clean energy manufacturing institute from defunding by the Trump administration. In January, Slaughter announced that she successfully landed Rochester the clean energy manufacturing institute following a nationwide competition. However, the Trump administration’s recent budget request would make draconian cuts to the Department of Energy and eliminate the funding that makes this and four other Manufacturing USA Institutes across the country possible.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete dredging at Rochester Harbor this week. Slaughter has secured more than $5 million since 2013 for dredging Rochester’s port, which ships and receives an average of 95,000 tons of material each year. Commodities that pass through the port support 95 local jobs and generate more than $6 million in salaries annually.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $524,883 federal award for Science Take-Out, a locally-based company that manufactures easy-to-use, hands-on science kits for students. This funding, administered by the Department of Human Health and Services’ (HHS) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, will expand on Science Take-Out’s successful STTR Phase I project that developed environmental health education kits for students in partnership with the University of Rochester’s Environmental Health Sciences Center.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI), David Joyce (R-OH), and Louise Slaughter (D-NY) today led a bipartisan group of 63 House lawmakers to request $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for Fiscal Year 2018, despite the fact that President Trump’s budget blueprint called for the elimination of the program. The Great Lakes provide drinking water for nearly 40 million people and support jobs, commerce, agriculture, transportation, and tourism.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) reintroduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, legislation that would place a moratorium on all new mountaintop coal removal mining permits while federal officials examine health consequences to surrounding communities. The bill would authorize the first comprehensive federal study of the health dangers of the practice.
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25), Co-Chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force, voted for the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which passed the House with strong bipartisan support this afternoon. This comprehensive legislation, which includes the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, reauthorizes the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) for the next five years and increases funding for dredging small harbors like the Port of Rochester.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will be visiting Rochester next week at the Congresswoman’s request. Slaughter invited Secretary Moniz to Rochester to see firsthand how the work being done at the region’s energy-related research, development, and manufacturing facilities could be leveraged at the federal level. Additional details about the Secretary’s visit will be forthcoming.
Rochester, NY – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter, co-chair of the bipartisan House Great Lakes Task Force, today announced introduction of the Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act, legislation to protect New York’s natural resources from the threat of invasive species. This legislation would prevent potentially harmful species from being imported into the country and across state lines.