Curtis Introduces Bill to Increase Export of US Clean Energy

Curtis Introduces Bill to Increase Export of US Clean Energy

November 26, 2019

Washington, DC— Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) released the following statement after introducing his new bill, The Exporting Clean Energy Act. The legislation will increase the amount of clean energy being sent abroad to contribute to a more environmentally friendly world while also better enabling US companies to build up and empower developing countries.

“American clean energy technology is known for being the most efficient and environmentally friendly around the world. As emissions from outside the US quickly approach 90% of world emissions, exporting US clean energy technology will is an important tool to uplift developing countries out of poverty while reducing global emissions,” said Curtis. “The Exporting Clean Energy Act will benefit US national security by strategically deploying US energy technology throughout the world, as opposed to having that void filled by China and Russia, while also improving environmental stewardship.”

Statements of Support

Rich Powell, ClearPath Action Executive Director:

“Low-cost, high-performing technologies are the backbone of efforts targeting rising carbon emissions in the developing world, and the United States is poised to capitalize on tremendous opportunities to export American clean energy technology. Rep. Curtis’s bill provides solutions to help affordably meet growing global demand for reliable and lower-carbon power.”

Heather Reams, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, Executive Director

“CRES applauds Congressman Curtis’ vision for increasing support for the export of US clean energy technology and infrastructure. The US must maintain its global leadership, and the Export-Import Bank should leverage its resources to help US exporters, especially in competition against strategic competitors.”

Background

As the official export credit agency of the United States, the Export Import Bank’s purpose is to promote the export of US goods and services to help create and sustain jobs in the United States. Over the last 10 years, EXIM financed more than $255 billion in US exports.

This legislation will:

  • Create a congressional mandate for the Export-Import Bank to focus on energy financing when a US strategic competitor is bidding for a contract or when the US is capable of providing lower emissions than a competitor
  • Create a process to form a temporary quorum of Board of Directors to approve loans when a strategic competitor is bidding on an energy contract

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Curtis Advocates for ALS Patients on House Floor

Curtis Advocates for ALS Patients on House Floor

November 24, 2019

Washington, DC— Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) addressed his colleagues on the House Floor as he fought for better treatment options for ALS patients. He highlighted that the Right to Try Act should not be the end of the conversation and urged the FDA to swiftly approve the groundbreaking and life-saving treatments already approved internationally.

“I applaud the enactment of the Right to Try Act – allowing some people another option to receive the treatments they need. However, this should not be the end to the conversation, and it’s important to acknowledge that the passage of this act has not opened all of the doors we expected and many are still denied access to treatments… Delaying approval of this treatment, commonly known as NurOwn, is putting lives at risk. I urge the FDA to prioritize its approval and give access to thousands of ALS patients.”

Full text of the speech, as prepared for delivery, can be found below:  

“Madam Speaker, I rise to share my concerns with patient access to groundbreaking and life-saving ALS treatments. This is a very personal issue to me as some of my close friends and neighbors have been affected by this difficult disease.

I applaud the enactment of the Right to Try Act – allowing some people another option to receive the treatments they need. However, this should not be the end to the conversation, and it’s important to acknowledge that the passage of this act has not opened all of the doors we expected and many are still denied access to treatments. 

The FDA’s lengthy approval process continues to limit patient access – at times forcing my constituents to spend large sums of money traveling overseas for treatment or more commonly, forfeit treatment all together.

The use of stem cells to treat ALS, widely used and deemed safe in other countries, has been studied in the U.S. for over 12 years but has yet to be approved, despite its fast-tracked status.

Delaying approval of this treatment, commonly known as NurOwn, is putting lives at risk. I urge the FDA to prioritize its approval and give access to thousands of ALS patients.

I yield back the balance of my time.”

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Curtis Introduces State Sponsored Immigration Program

Curtis Introduces State Sponsored Immigration Program

November 21, 2019

Washington, DCRepresentative John Curtis (R-UT), released the following statement after introducing the “State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2019.” The bill would create a new state-sponsored temporary worker visa pilot program.

“Each state has unique industries and employment opportunities, and our current immigration system doesn’t fully recognize these differences. I am excited to take another step towards fixing our broken immigration system by empowering States with the ability to customize a visa program to fit their unique needs. My State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act will provide an additional tool to connect workers with industries that are most in need, and allow visa holders the flexibility to move throughout their sponsoring state, or states, as employment demands and opportunities shift,” said Curtis. “While every state is unique, neighboring states share commonalities that don’t end at lines on a map. We see this in the West, particularly in the agriculture and tourism sectors, where some seasonal operations stretch across multiple states. My bill will allow states to enter into agreements with each other to share workers and give employers the stability to retain the same workers, regardless of where their operation takes them.“

Statements of Support

Utah Governor Gary Herbert:

“The bill allows state leaders to design visa programs customized to the economic needs of their individual states. The benefits of the bill are obvious. Each state is different. Each state has a different mix of industries, different educational emphases, different employment needs, and different regulatory regimes. And of course, those factors change over time…As a governor, I would jump at the opportunity to design a work visa program that would allow Utah to sponsor the migrant workers, investors, and entrepreneurs that we need.” (full letter here)

Ron Gibson, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation:

“The Utah Farm Bureau Federation supports your State-Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act. As a grassroots organization, we fundamentally believe in the value of locally driven solutions. This bill allows states to customize programs to address the needs of employers and workers in the agricultural sector. Utah agriculture has not been able to adequately access and retain labor under the current federal visa program.” (full letter here)

Derek B. Miller, President & CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber:

“We appreciate that this bill, in the spirit of the Utah Compact, will allow us and other states to create a program that goes beyond one-size-fits-all to allow what I believe are laboratories of democracy the ability to create workable solutions to fit unique workforce and economic requirements. In this way, we can all learn and benefit while focusing on respective needs closet to home.” (full letter here)

Background

The legislation will:

  • Create a pilot program at the Department of Homeland Security for states to opt in and sponsor three-year visas.
  • Allow states the flexibility to customize their visa allocations based on each state’s unique economy and needs.
  • Incentivize states to comply with program rules in order to earn additional visas the next year.
  • Encourage states to enter into compacts, giving additional flexibility to visa holders and employers to move seasonal workers between them as needed.

The full text of the bill is available here.

  

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Curtis Announces Nonpartisan House GIS Working Group

Curtis Announces Nonpartisan House GIS Working Group

November 20, 2019

Washington, DCRepresentative John Curtis (R-UT), announced the creation of the House GIS (Geographic Information System) Working Group, a nonpartisan staff-led resource available for staff to learn about geospatial policy, how data is being used in the executive branch, and ways that each Congressional Office can use the technology.

“As geospatial data becomes more and more integral to the planning and decision-making process at almost every agency, Congress has an obligation to learn and understand this technology and how it is being used. I am excited to announce the House GIS Working Group, a nonpartisan staff-led resource available for staff to learn about geospatial policy and how data is being used in the federal government. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues, including Rep. Pete Aguilar who has also dedicated a staff member to co-lead this working group, to improve GIS policies and continue to learn how geospatial data is helping map our world.”

Background:

  • Geospatial data has transformed the way that the United States government works. Agencies and private companies are using GIS technology to prepare for and mitigate natural disasters, as well as track population shifts, border crossings, and even find the quickest route to deliver packages.
  • From the Census Bureau to the National Park Service, and Homeland Security to the Highway Administration, geospatial data is becoming integral to the planning and decision-making process.
  • States and local governments have been leading the way in using GIS and this group will enable the federal government taking on a larger role in the GIS space.

 

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Curtis, Huffman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Highlight Dangers of Unauthorized Drones Near Wildfire

Curtis, Huffman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Highlight Dangers of Unauthorized Drones Near Wildfire

November 15, 2019

Washington, DCThis week, Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Jared Huffman (D-CA), both members of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced the Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act, bipartisan legislation to raise awareness on issues interfering with wildfire fighting by directing the Bureau of Land Management and the USDA Forest Service to conduct a study on how drone trespassing has affected wildfire suppression and costs.

“When wildfire breaks out, our brave firefighters need to protect lives and property. When unauthorized drones enter a wildfire area, firefighters must ground helicopters and their own drones—both critical components to wildland firefighting—until the drone is removed. This means that far too often valuable time and resources are spent removing civilian drones instead of containing and suppressing fire,” said Curtis. “That is why I am proud to introduce the Aerial Incursion Repercussion (AIR) Safety Act with my friend Mr. Huffman, to study how private drones flown near wildfire hinders suppression efforts and start looking at solutions that will help deter and remove unauthorized drones. I am confident that this will spur a much needed discussion on the state of our forests and how we can better manage them to reduce the risk of fire and the damage they cause.

“Wildfires have caused enormous devastation to families, businesses, and communities in my district. The idea that anyone would interfere with the heroic efforts of firefighters and other first responders is unthinkable,” said Huffman. “The AIR Safety Act is an important step in addressing the challenges and safety risks posed by unlawful drone interference and ensuring first responders are able to do their jobs and protect lives and homes.”

Statement of Support:

Greg Josten, National Association of State Foresters President; South Dakota State Forester:

“We already know that flying personal drones where wildland firefighters are actively suppressing wildfires puts the civilian operator, their neighbors, and wildland firefighting personnel in danger. The slogan is true, and state forestry agencies know it all too well: If you fly, we can’t. Now, it’s time to quantify all the deleterious effects of drone incursions on​ wildfire fighting airspace. With hard numbers to support needed change, we’ll be better positioned to prevent costly delays and shutdowns and protect both property and lives.”

Brian Cottam, Utah State Forester:

“In Utah, we have seen drone incursions continue to endanger firefighter and public safety. Congressman Curtis’s AIR Safety Act is a step in the right direction to reveal the extent of drone disruption in wildfire suppression and help put a stop to this dangerous behavior.”

Background:

The Federal Aviation Administration sets Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) around wildfires. Although laws exist prohibiting interference with wildfire fighting, many people fly their private drones within TFRs to take pictures and videos of the fire.
When unauthorized drones enter TFRs, events known as drone incursions, all aerial firefighting tools – including helicopters dropping flame retardant – must be grounded, resulting in valuable time and money being wasted that could otherwise be used to suppress the fire and save lives and property.
The bipartisan AIR Safety Act will bring attention to this issue and help determine the best ways to avoid future drone incursions.

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Curtis Statement on Day One of Public Impeachment Proceedings

Curtis Statement on Day One of Public Impeachment Proceedings

November 15, 2019

Washington, DCRepresentative John Curtis (R-UT), released the following statement in regards to Wednesday’s impeachment inquiry proceedings:

“From the onset,  I have advocated for transparency, openness, and fairness, and while the current rules do not completely meet that standard, I am glad that the whole country can now watch the public hearings themselves. It is my hope and plea that Congress and the public can set aside prejudgment and political bias and instead consider facts presented by both Democratic and Republican witnesses, should Democratic Leadership allow it. My constituents have elected me to be their eyes, ears, and eventually their voice, and I will reserve my comments and judgment until it’s time to vote on the House Floor. I commit to Utah’s third district that I will listen to all the evidence presented over the proceedings with an open mind and a pragmatic rationale.”

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