Representative Sean Casten

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

Energy and Environment

Rep. Casten believes in prioritizing strong science-based environmental protections that deliver on the promise of clean air, clean water, and safe drinking water for all communities across the nation. 

He is a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), a group of more than fifty Members of Congress who are committed to protecting our environment, combating climate change, and growing domestic investment in clean energy. The Coalition is comprised of some of the foremost leaders in Congress on all issues related to protecting our public lands and standing up to polluters.

Great Lakes, Conservation, and Public Lands

Our nation is home to many natural wonders and pristine public lands, as well as unique and diverse ecosystems.  Representative Casten is committed to protecting these irreplaceable resources throughout our region and across the nation.  As the largest freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes are home to numerous marine plant and animal species, provide drinking water to communities across the region.  The Lakes support a $5-7 billion fishing industry. These valuable bodies must be protected from harmful pollution. As such, Congressman Casten has called for robust Federal funding to support the Great Lakes Regional Initiative and supports projects that would help to prevent the spread of harmful invasive species like the Asian Carp.

Representative Casten has joined in cosponsoring a host of bills to protect our public lands, promote conservation, and prevent the endangerment of fragile ecosystems.  He was a proud supporter of S. 47, the most significant public lands bill in over a decade.  That bill permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – a Federal program that has helped preserve thousands of acres of natural areas and create outdoor recreation in communities all across the country.

More on Energy and Environment

July 15, 2019 In The News

Climate Change Forum

It was a full house at the Climate Change Forum, hosted by Representatives Bill Foster, Sean Casten, and Dick Durbin at North Central College.

The discussion focused on the effect climate change has on the weather like melting glaciers, rising sea levels and the increased power of hurricanes.

“This is real stuff. 50 percent of all of the carbon dioxide that we have ever emitted into the atmosphere as a species, in the entire time that are species has been on the earth has been emitted since 1980,” said Congressman Casten.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation authorizes the appropriations of funds for the Department of Defense (DOD). The bill provides for a strong, smart national defense that is in line with American values.

July 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today reintroduced the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019 to require public companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to climate-related risks.

July 9, 2019 In The News

NAPERVILLE, IL — Representatives Bill Foster and Sean Casten be in Naperville on July 13 to host a forum on climate change. The forum will also include input from WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling, climate scientist Doug Sisterson, and other experts.

July 1, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Sean Casten met with constituents of the 6th Congressional District in Algonquin on Friday to go over federal legislation and take questions.

Casten, a freshman Democrat from Downers Grove, said the reality of the job is much different than what constituents are seeing in the headlines.

He commented on a number of bills the House has passed on issues such as prescription drugs, civil liberties and preventing the exit of the Paris Climate Accords.

But with a Republican majority in the Senate, many of these efforts have not been advanced.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) announced that he secured a $12.4 million increase in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Urban and Community Forestry program which is a source of support for services of The Morton Arboretum located in DuPage County. The Urban and Community Forestry program aims to improve forest sustainability, combat climate change, and assist in reforestation efforts. The funding was included in the House-passed H.R.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) won approval by the full House of his climate science amendment to the House-passed H.R. 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Act of 2020. Casten’s amendment landed in the Interior-Environment portion of the Appropriations Minibus Bill, which will fund the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S.

June 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative Sean Casten’s (IL-06) amendment to maintain the Great Lakes Advisory Board within the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative passed the House today as part of H.R. 3055, the Second Minibus of the FY 2020 Appropriations Bill. Last week, the Trump Administration signed an Executive Order requiring agencies to eliminate one-third of federal advisory boards. The boards potentially targeted by this executive order included one that handles the Great Lakes.

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2740, a package of bills that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy throughout the next year.

The bill includes several provisions championed by Congressman Casten aimed at protecting our environment, addressing climate change, ensuring access to quality health care, and promoting education for all citizens. Congressman Casten released the following statement upon the passage of the bill:

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement on the Trump Administration rollback of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, a set of policies introduced in 2015 to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. Casten is a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Climate Change Task Force.