Today, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) announced his retirement at the end of this legislative session. Waxman, a tenacious advocate for the environment, is a former chair and current ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. A 40-year veteran of Congress, Waxman helped author the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments, sponsored the 1986 and 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments, successfully passed the Waxman-Markey climate bill out of the House and was instrumental in fighting back against 317 anti-environmental riders in the 112th Congress.
The following statement is from Earthjustice President Trip Van Noppen:
“Congressman Waxman has been a stalwart champion of fighting for cleaner air, water and programs that protect public health and the environment. Not only has Waxman been a leader in speaking out against climate change, he dedicated more than two decades of his career working to pass legislation that would address the climate crisis.
“While Earthjustice is sad to learn of Congressman Waxman’s departure, we are thankful for his unwavering dedication to the environment and public health. He will be missed.”