Why We Need Katie McGinty in the US Senate

One week before Election Day the chances remain that Hillary Clinton will be elected our next President. For those looking towards full implementation of measures such as Obama’s Clean Power Plan this will be good news. And if there is any doubt about Clinton’s commitment to battling for the environment, the energy policy discussions revealed in hacked Clinton campaign Emails are encouraging.

But a President Hillary will need a Democratic Senate to support her policies. She will also need a Democratic Senate to ensure appointment of enlightened members of the Supreme Court for protection of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and to overturn Citizens United.

That is why the election of Katie McGinty to replace Sen. Pat Toomey is vital. According to the League of Conservation Voters scorecard Toomey voted only 7 pct of the time for the environment during his past five years in the Senate, and that includes zero percent in 2015.

The following is adopted from the Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter newsletter:

Katie McGinty began her career as a congressional research fellow and then as a legislative assistant to Sen. Al Gore. After Gore became vice president, McGinty served as chairwoman of Bill Clinton’s White House Council on Environmental Quality and then became an environmental adviser to Gore’s presidential campaign. McGinty later served five years as Gov. Ed Rendell’s Secretary for the Department of Environmental Protection. In that capacity she worked on e efforts to curb mercury pollution from coal- red power plants, impose more stringent vehicle emission rules, strengthen safety measures in coal mines, secure taxpayer funding to underwrite clean energy projects, promote regulations to advance cleaner sources of electric power and encourage the private sector in the cleanup of waste coal and acid mine drainage polluting Pennsylvania water- sheds and rivers.

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