Rep. Gomez’s Bill to Improve Public Lands Access Included in Environmental Justice for All Act
Washington, March 18, 2021
Tags: Energy and Environment
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) cosponsored the landmark Environmental Justice for All Act, which includes his bill, the Transit to Trails Act. The Environmental Justice for All Act, introduced by Congressmen A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), is a transformative initiative centered on environmental justice and equity as House Democrats prepare to introduce robust infrastructure legislation in the 117th Congress.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us with a renewed appreciation for our local parks, green spaces, and public lands, as well as the roles they play in our communities,” said Congressman Gomez. “However, equitable access to these spaces continues to be a problem, particularly for people of color and low-income individuals nationwide. The introduction of the Environmental Justice for All Act – which includes my Transit to Trails Act – represents our shared commitment to expanding access to these spaces by giving all Americans the ability to enjoy the natural beauty and splendor of our country.”
The Transit to Trails Act, first introduced by Congressman Gomez in September 2019, is a bipartisan bill that improves equitable access to parks, public lands, waters, and green spaces for all. This legislation directs the Department of Transportation to establish the Transit to Trails Grant program, a block grant program to fund accessible transportation systems in critically underserved communities.
Among other provisions, the Environmental Justice for All Act:
For a fact sheet on the Environmental Justice for All Act, please click here.
For full text of the Transit to Trails legislation, please click here.
For more on Congressman Gomez’s environment and energy priorities, please click here.