LCV ACTION FUND ENDORSES JACKY ROSEN FOR U.S. SENATE

Craig Auster, craig_auster@lcv.org, (202) 454-4633 | Betsy Lopez-Wagner, blopez-wagner@lcv.org, 708-717-9408

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, announced today its endorsement of Congresswoman Jacky Rosen for U.S. Senate. Congresswoman Rosen is a steadfast advocate for growing Nevada’s clean energy economy and safeguarding its beautiful public lands for future generations to enjoy.

“In Congress and as a community leader, Jacky Rosen has been a strong supporter of investing in clean energy and protecting Nevada’s parks and monuments,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “We are thrilled to back Jacky Rosen against Senator Heller, who has a terrible record of voting to undermine protections for our air and water while supporting every climate change denier in Trump’s Cabinet. With a 13% lifetime score, Senator Heller sides with special interest polluters almost every chance he gets.”

“I’m honored to have the strong endorsement of LCV Action Fund, and I look forward to working with LCV in the Senate to support an innovative clean energy economy, defend our national monuments and push for smart solutions on climate change,” said Rosen. “When I served as president of my synagogue, I saw firsthand the incredible impact that solar power can have in our communities to create good-paying jobs, cut costs and protect our environment. I was raised to believe it’s our responsibility to leave the world a better place, and that’s why I’m fighting to invest in renewable energy research, highlight the urgent national security threat of climate change, and protect amazing places like Gold Butte and Basin and Range for future generations. Senator Heller has been voting in Washington to block the Clean Power Plan, overturn common sense protections that reduce pollution, and keep billions of dollars in wasteful tax breaks for Big Oil. From Lake Mead to Lake Tahoe, our state deserves a new Senator who will stand up for clean air and water, public access to public lands, and meaningful climate action.”

“Nevadans care about clean air, clean water, protecting our public health and ensuring the public lands we enjoy and make Nevada such a great place to live are protected and accessible to all of us. Since joining Congress Jacky Rosen has shared those values in Washington D.C. As Nevadans we need to know that we can count on our Senators to protect the things we care about, we’ll be able to count on Jacky Rosen as our Senator,” said Nevada Conservation League (NCL) Executive Director Andy Maggi.

In Congress, Jacky Rosen is a determined advocate for clean energy and the environment. She has fought against re-opening Yucca Mountain for dumping nuclear waste, recognizing the risks it poses to Nevadans’ health and safety. Congresswoman Rosen has led on legislation to help women and girls succeed in computing and STEM fields, and she has co-sponsored a variety of pro-environmental bills such as reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, promoting energy efficiency, and the need for scientific integrity in federal agency decision-making. She has also, once again, made Nevada’s clean energy economy a top priority of her campaign.

Prior to her career in public service, Congresswoman Rosen worked as a computer programmer and software developer for various prominent southern Nevada companies. As the former president of Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, the state’s largest synagogue, she worked closely with other community leaders, non-profits, and partner organizations to address issues facing working families and seniors, including education, health care and economic security. At the synagogue, she led a team to construct one of the largest solar arrays in Henderson.

So far in 2017, Rosen’s opponent, Senator Heller, has repeatedly voted to confirm climate science deniers to vital agencies within the Trump administration that are supposed to serve as safeguards for our environment, public health, clean energy economy, and national security. With an abysmal 13 percent lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters’ National Environmental Scorecard, Heller continues to neglect common-sense environmental standards, including voting in favor of dismantling the Methane and Waste Rule, allowing Big Polluters to release pollution into the air our children breathe, and voting against the Clean Water Rule, which protects the drinking water for one-third of the people in this country. He also supports the Trump administration’s unprecedented review of our national monuments, including Gold Butte and Basin and Range, despite the scientific and economic benefits of preserving these special places and the overwhelming public support for keeping existing monument protections in place.

The non-partisan Scorecard is the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a member’s record. For more information, visit http://scorecard.lcv.org.

Rosen is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office. Last cycle, LCV Action Fund raised more direct contributions to candidates through GiveGreen than ever before—over $100,000 for 10 Senate candidates, including over $500,000 for Catherine Cortez Masto.

About LCV Action Fund

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 73 U.S. senators and 331 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the 2016-2017 election cycle, LCVAF endorsed over 100 candidates and, since 2009, has raised and contributed more than $17.6 million dollars via GiveGreen. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Rosen for Nevada.

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