Coal / Mountaintop Removal

165th co-sponsor for mountaintop removal coal mining ban, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)

Mountaintop removal mining ban U.S. House co-sponsors

Each Congress lasts two years. If a bill is not passed in that time, supporters must reintroduce it and start over collecting sponsors. The current Congress will last through the remainder of 2010.

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, Congressman Mike Quigley, first-term Chicago Democrat signed on as a sponsor of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 1310), an effective ban on mountaintop removal coal mining. Quigley holds the congressional seat first occupied by Stephen Douglas, Abraham Lincoln’s rival, and later by Dan Rostenkowski, convicted of mail fraud; Rod Blagojevich, later impeached as Governor; and Rahm Emanuel, now White House Chief of Staff. Quigley is the 165th co-sponsor of the ban, including chief sponsor Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

The list of co-sponsors includes, from Ohio, Rep. Steve Driehaus, Marcia Fudge, Mary Jo Kilroy, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan, and Betty Sutton. Neither of Ohio Senators, George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, are co-sponsors of the Senate companion bill. Brown’s most recent public statement on the subject, on January 27, was, “I have a lot more important things to worry about.”

Paul Ryder, Organizing Director, Ohio Citizen Action