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Natural Resources Defense Council approves re-election of Congressman Payne


Natural Resources Defense Council approves re-election of Congressman Payne

Payne receives NRDC endorsement, building on support from environmental movement

NEWARK, NJ – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-Newark) announces that he has been endorsed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), building on his growing support within the environmental movement. The NRDC cites Congressman Payne’s success in securing funding for climate-resilient infrastructure and consistent support for bold climate policy.

“Rep. Payne has been a climate champion in Congress and a strong advocate for a clean energy future,” said Kevin S. Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund. “His work to secure funding for climate-resilient infrastructure and prioritize green jobs in his district is important, and we look forward to continuing to work with Rep. Payne to fight for climate justice in the years to come. “

Congressman Payne, who once received an endorsement from the Sierra Club, another prominent environmental organization, has been a consistent proponent of bold climate policy. He co-authored the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, which provides billions of dollars to invest in green jobs and climate-resilient infrastructure. He also dedicated himself to solving the problem of lead contamination in his district’s drinking water, and drafted and passed the INVEST in America Act that prioritizes the allocation of funds for elimination. lead to low-income towns, and the Test for Lead Act which requires public schools to test their drinking water for lead contamination.

“The NRDC has been an incredible leader in the fight to protect our natural resources and advocate for effective climate policy,” said Congressman Payne. “I am so honored to receive their endorsement, and I will continue to be a champion of key environmental priorities in the House of Representatives. I will never stop fighting for clean water for all and will always stand up for vital clean water laws. environmental protection like the Clean Air Act against Republican attacks.

Congressman Payne was recently endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund, New Jersey Education Association, New Jersey Working Families Party, 32BJ SEIU, Communications Workers of America NJ, Labourers’ International North America Eastern Region, New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and AFSCME NJ. He also recently announced support from U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as well as Governor Phil Murphy, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.

About Congressman Payne:

A lifelong Newark resident, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., is a champion of working families, Democratic values, and fights to provide more opportunities for people in black and brown communities. He is a devoted husband and father and a former union member with a blue-collar background who has immense respect for the dignity of labor and the value of organized labor. A five-term congressman, he was first elected in 2012 to succeed his late father, legendary Representative Donald Payne, Sr., who was the first black congressman in state history. . Congressman Payne is chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over major infrastructure initiatives, including the Gateway Project, which are essential to New Jersey’s economy. Congressman Payne co-authored the House version of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and supported key progressive legislation like the Build Back Better plan, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Equality Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and more.

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