Join the Electrification Caucus

Rewiring America applauds the formation of the bicameral Electrification Caucus, a group of Congressional leaders from both chambers who recognize the importance of electrification in growing our economy, creating good-paying jobs, reducing our pollution, creating healthier indoor environments, and saving American families money. The Caucus is co-chaired by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Tina Smith (D-MN), Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY 20), and Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL 14). Committed to advancing policies that support the widespread electrification of our economy, the Caucus will focus on:

  • Consumer rebates, consumer-facing tax credits, and financing mechanisms
  • Workforce training
  • Justice and equity issues related to electrification
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Building codes
  • Grid improvements and expanding transmission
  • Upstream incentives to spur U.S. manufacturing
  • Transition of electric sector to clean energy
  • Incentives to encourage electrification of industrial processes and facilities

The Electrification Caucus will be crucial for legislation and federal action on electrification. If tackling the climate crisis is important to you, reach out to your Senators and Representatives and encourage them to join the Caucus.

To learn more about the Electrification Caucus, please visit the Electrification Caucus website by Co-Chair Senator Heinrich.

Supporters
Caucus Co-Chairs4
Sen. Martin Heinrich
Sen. Tina Smith
Rep. Kathy Castor
Rep. Paul Tonko
Senate Caucus Members9
Sen. Richard Durbin
Sen. John Hickenlooper
Sen. Angus King
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Edward Markey
Sen. Jeffrey Merkley
Sen. Brian Schatz
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
House Caucus Members34
Rep. Colin Allred
Rep. Nanette Barragan
Rep. Earl Blumenauer
Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
Rep. Julia Brownley
Rep. G.K. Butterfield
Rep. Sean Casten
Rep. Yvette Clarke
Rep. Sharice Davids
Rep. Deborah Dingell
Rep. Veronica Escobar
Rep. Brian Higgins
Rep. Jared Huffman
Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster
Rep. Mike Levin
Rep. Ted Lieu
Rep. Carolyn Maloney
Rep. Doris Matsui
Rep. Donald McEachin
Rep. Gerald McNerney

Caucus Co-Chairs

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich
    Sen. Martin Heinrich

    D-New Mexico

    “Electrifying our homes and businesses is one of the surest climate actions that we can take right now. We can create millions of new jobs, reduce our energy bills, and improve air quality and public health. This is a way to use already existing, proven technologies to dramatically reduce carbon pollution, create millions of new, good-paying jobs, and secure a better, more equitable future for our communities.”

  • Sen. Tina Smith
    Sen. Tina Smith

    D-Minnesota

    “The transition to clean energy is happening, the question is whether our country leads or follows. I want us to lead. The adoption of heat pumps will help us use American-made clean electricity that increases our energy independence, lowers energy costs for families, reduces pollution, and protects the planet.”

  • Rep. Kathy Castor
    Rep. Kathy Castor

    D-Florida

    “It’s time to unleash the supercharged benefits of electrification: new good-paying jobs and careers, lower bills for American families, cleaner air for vulnerable communities, and a healthier environment for the next generation. I’m committed to building our clean energy future right here in America, as we put Americans to work building fun-to-drive electric cars, manufacturing cost-saving electric appliances, and expanding the reach of cleaner, cheaper energy.”

  • Rep. Paul Tonko
    Rep. Paul Tonko

    D-New York

    “Electrifying our buildings and vehicles will not only prove vital in our fight to combat the climate crisis, but also offers untapped opportunities to improve energy efficiency, spur innovation and provide all Americans with better, cleaner alternatives. Now is the time for Congress to take bold steps towards electrification in order to help Americans save on their energy bills while breathing cleaner air.”

Senate Caucus Members

  • Sen. Richard Durbin
    Sen. Richard Durbin

    D-IL

  • Sen. John Hickenlooper
    Sen. John Hickenlooper

    D-CO

  • Sen. Angus King
    Sen. Angus King

    I-ME

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar

    D-MN

  • Sen. Edward Markey
    Sen. Edward Markey

    D-MA

  • Sen. Jeffrey Merkley
    Sen. Jeffrey Merkley

    D-OR

  • Sen. Brian Schatz
    Sen. Brian Schatz

    D-HI

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    D-MA

  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

    D-RI

House Caucus Members

  • Rep. Colin Allred
    Rep. Colin Allred

    D-TX-32

  • Rep. Nanette Barragan
    Rep. Nanette Barragan

    D-CA-44

  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer

    D-OR-03

  • Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester
    Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester

    D-DE-01

  • Rep. Suzanne Bonamici
    Rep. Suzanne Bonamici

    D-OR-01

  • Rep. Julia Brownley
    Rep. Julia Brownley

    D-CA-26

  • Rep. G.K. Butterfield
    Rep. G.K. Butterfield

    D-NC-01

  • Rep. Sean Casten
    Rep. Sean Casten

    D-IL-06

  • Rep. Yvette Clarke
    Rep. Yvette Clarke

    D-NY-09

Electrification Caucus Members release statements on Inflation Reduction Act

  • Sen. Martin Heinrich
    Sen. Martin Heinrich

    Co-Chair, D-NM

    Aug 16, 2022

    Heinrich Applauds Biden Signing Inflation Reduction Act Into Law

    “Taken as a whole, this new law . . . will move the needle on climate further than ever before by accelerating the widespread deployment of reliable, affordable, and pollution-free power generation and supercharge American manufacturing base for emerging clean and electric technologies—from air-source heat pumps and wind turbines to batteries, solar components, and electric vehicles."

  • Sen. Tina Smith
    Sen. Tina Smith

    Co-Chair, D-MN

    Aug 7, 2022

    U.S. Senator Tina Smith Celebrates the Passage of the IRA

    “This is a historic bill that meets the moment. It fights inflation and reduces the federal deficit. Make no mistake: This legislation represents the most significant action we have ever taken to fight the climate crisis. It will lead to a 40% reduction in emissions by 2030, lower energy costs, and spur the economy by creating millions of union jobs in manufacturing and clean energy."

  • Rep. Kathy Castor
    Rep. Kathy Castor

    Co-Chair, D-FL-14

    Aug 12, 2022

    Rep. Castor Hails Passage of Historic Inflation Reduction Act

    “This is also a Big Climate Deal. The Inflation Reduction Act . . . will empower American workers to lead the global clean energy economy, as we produce more of our energy here in America, bolster our energy independence, and strengthen our domestic manufacturing supply chain.”

  • Rep. Paul Tonko
    Rep. Paul Tonko

    Co-Chair, D-NY-20

    Aug 12, 2022

    Tonko Heralds Passage of Historic Inflation Reduction Act

    "Our Inflation Reduction Act delivers unmatched investments in clean energy and emerging technologies like offshore wind, advances environmental justice, creates good-paying clean jobs, slashes pollution, and so much more. In addition to helping us achieve our climate goals, this transformational legislation will lower costs for consumers."

  • Sen. John Hickenlooper
    Sen. John Hickenlooper

    D-CO

    Aug 16, 2022

    Hickenlooper: “This Begins the Great Transition”

    “We will reduce the deficit by $300 billion even as we make the most significant investment in addressing the climate crisis in the history of the world. This begins the Great Transition.”

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Press Releases

  • Representative Tonko releases statement on Inflation Reduction Act
    Representative Tonko releases statement on Inflation Reduction Act

    Jul 28, 2022

    Rep. Tonko releases statement on Inflation Reduction Act

    “The Inflation Reduction Act would be the most significant action we’ve taken on climate change in history, securing nearly $370 billion over the next decade to implement clean energy development, support emerging technologies like offshore wind, and promote manufacturing and sale of electric vehicles, and so much more.”

  • Senators Hickenlooper, Bennet Applaud President Biden Waiving Solar Tariffs, Supporting Colorado Solar Industry
    Senators Hickenlooper, Bennet Applaud President Biden Waiving Solar Tariffs, Supporting Colorado Solar Industry

    Jun 6, 2022

    Senators Hickenlooper, Bennet Applaud President Biden Waiving Solar Tariffs, Supporting Colorado Solar Industry

    “We must prioritize U.S. solar power to expand our clean energy economy,” said Hickenlooper. “It’s critical to reaching net-zero emissions. President Biden’s executive order will ensure our domestic solar industry can grow and create good jobs.”

  • Heinrich Welcomes Biden Executive Action on Heat Pumps, Electrification
    Heinrich Welcomes Biden Executive Action on Heat Pumps, Electrification

    Jun 6, 2022

    Heinrich Welcomes Biden Executive Action on Heat Pumps, Electrification

    “By deploying the Defense Production Act to supercharge American manufacturing of heat pumps and other critical clean energy technologies, President Biden is taking decisive action to lower energy costs for families, improve public health, and meet our climate responsibility. Manufacturing heat pumps at scale will help more Americans purchase these super-efficient, clean, and electric appliances.”

  • Chair Castor Applauds President Biden’s Executive Action to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers and Spur American Clean Energy Manufacturing
    Chair Castor Applauds President Biden’s Executive Action to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers and Spur American Clean Energy Manufacturing

    Jun 6, 2022

    Chair Castor Applauds President Biden’s Executive Action to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers and Spur American Clean Energy Manufacturing

    "By using the Defense Production Act to unleash the economic potential of clean technologies, President Biden is taking an important step to lower energy costs and to protect existing American jobs in the clean energy industry, while helping create new ones in domestic manufacturing and construction projects.”

  • Tonko, Rush & Kaptur Introduce Weatherization Bill to Lower Energy Costs for Families and Improve Access to Program
    Tonko, Rush & Kaptur Introduce Weatherization Bill to Lower Energy Costs for Families and Improve Access to Program

    Jun 3, 2022

    Tonko, Rush & Kaptur Introduce Weatherization Bill to Lower Energy Costs for Families and Improve Access to Program

    “Even before the recent increase in energy, utility bills were straining budgets for millions of families, with low-income households shouldering much of this burden,” Congressman Tonko said. “For decades, the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped millions of Americans lower their energy costs while making their homes safer and healthier.