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Rep. Capps released the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s announcement that the Department of Defense will now formally allow transgender individuals to join and serve openly in the military.
Rep. Capps recognized the partners behind the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies project for winning the Clean Air Excellence Award from the EPA. The award was presented today by Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C.
Twenty-six hours after a sit-in on the House floor to call for a debate on gun safety measures was started by House Democrats, Rep. Capps released the following statement.
Rep. Capps hailed the signing of the PIPES Act into law today by President Barack Obama. His signature on the bill is the culmination of Capps’s efforts over the past year to strengthen the safety of our country’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline system and to improve oversight of the energy industry.
Rep. Capps released a statement regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) announcement that they will not seek relicensing for continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant beyond 2025.
Rep. Capps joined her colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in support of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), which passed unanimously, by a vote of 53 to 0. Following a lengthy revision process, Committee members were able to come together to pass H.R. 2646 in a bipartisan effort to address gaps in the American mental health care system. The bill contains several provisions to strengthen current mental health care services and practices.
Rep. Capps announced the introduction of legislation to hold the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) accountable for lapses in pipeline safety oversight, joining Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Charles Rangel, and Rep. Paul Tonko as co-authors. The PHMSA Accountability Act, H.R. 5443, would ensure the right for communities to seek legal recourse against PHMSA if the agency fails to perform its required pipeline safety duties.
Rep. Capps applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement of new efforts to reduce the organ transplant waiting list and enable more transplants for patients in need. This research initiative is a direct result of Capps’s HOPE Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2013, which removed the blanket ban on HIV-positive organ transplant research and set up a science-based path for medical research to proceed on the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of organ transplants between HIV-positive patients.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulations. Rep. Capps was one of several House and Senate members that were directly responsible for co-authoring the final language, which was based on legislation that originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate.
Rep. Capps participated in a tour of the Carrizo Plain National Monument that highlighted the changes in the area over the last 15 years since the Monument gained federal designation.