The environment is the economic lifeblood of the North Country. It is critical that we protect our environment for future generations. The six million acres that comprise the Adirondack Park are filled with over 30,000 miles of streams and rivers and over 1,500 miles of trails. The federal government must recognize the challenges that climate change and invasive species present to New Yorkers as residents of an ecologically diverse state.
Our state has seen first-hand the devastation that pollution can cause as the Adirondacks continue to recover from acid rain. Elise is working hard to protect the acid rain research efforts in our district, advocating to the Administration on behalf of the Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation and fighting to keep acid rain research funding high. In December, Elise sent a letter to House Leadership and House Appropriations Leadership along with six of her colleagues opposing the Administration’s proposed weakening of the MATS rule, which limits the amount of mercury and other toxic air pollutants emitted by power plants. The forested regions in the Adirondacks and Catskills suffer from ecological damage and health problems associated with acid rain and acid deposition, and the MATS rule has been successful and effective in lowering mercury emissions and the resulting acid rain.
There are approximately 50,000 invasive, non-native animal and plant species introduced to the United States, costing our country more than $100 billion annually. Due to New York’s position as the gateway to the Great Lakes and a center of international shipping trade, our state is the epicenter of invasive species. In her role as Co-Chair of the Invasive Species Caucus, Elise works with her colleagues to combat invasive species, introducing legislation that would provide funding for research and programs to address this environmental and economic threat to our region.
As a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, Elise introduced the House Republican Climate Resolution, focusing on ways to fight climate change in an economically viable way that puts the United States on the best possible footing to lead. Effective climate policy will require cooperation between our federal, state and local governments. Elise has been a vocal advocate of market-based climate change solutions to protect our environment and boost our North Country economy.
Elise is a strong advocate for renewable fuels. She introduced the Renewable Electricity Tax Credit Equity Act, legislation that would extend tax credit for electricity produced from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower facilities and marine and hydrokinetic facilities.
Elise is proud of her independent environmental record and is one of the most independent Republicans in Congress, breaking with her party most consistently on this issue. She is one of the top-rated Republicans in Congress when analyzing her strong record on environmental stewardship and conservation.
While in Congress, Elise has kept her promises to New York’s 21st District by taking the following actions:
Serves as Co-Chair of the Invasive Species Caucus
Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R. 6362 – Invasive Fish and Wildlife Prevention Act of 2018
H. Res. 195 – Expressing the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Conservative Environmental Stewardship
H.R. 1357 – Stamp Out Invasive Species Act
H.R. 344 – Forest Legacy Management Flexibility Act
H.Res. 170 – Expression the Commitment of the House of Representatives to Work to Combat the Nationwide Problem of Invasive Species Threatening Native Ecosystems
Legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Stefanik:
H.R.1225 – Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act
H.R. 3073 – TICK Act
H.R. 414 – Protecting Local Communities from Harmful Algal Blooms Act
H.R. 3100 – Challenges & Prizes for Climate Act of 2019
H.R. 2326 – Climate Solutions Commission Act of 2017
H.R. 468 – Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2017
H.R. 1026 – North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act
H.R. 502 – To Permanently Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund
H.R. 2983 – Stop the Asian Carp Now Act of 2017
Elise learns about the effects of Acid Rain on our Upstate New York ecosystem in a North Country lab facility.