June 12, 2024

— Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) led 15 Colleagues in a letter to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm to highlight the success of the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office (LPO). “LPO-financed projects have created almost 47,000 permanent jobs, generated over 104 million megawatt-hours of clean electricity, and resulted in more than $50 billion in total project investments,” the lawmakers wrote. “In short, the LPO is spurring technological innovation, creating American jobs, a…  Continue Reading

May 28, 2024

Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) led nine colleagues in a letter urging Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Brooks-LaSure to implement quality standards of care and protections from abuse and neglect for older Americans and people with disabilities.  “We recognize that CMS has taken significant steps toward protecting the care Medicaid beneficiaries receive, and we encourage the Center to go further by implementing th…  Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

— U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Responsive Energy Demand Unlocks Clean Energy (REDUCE) Act, legislation that would allow consumers to sell their energy use reduction into federal wholesale electricity markets by eliminating the “Opt Out” currently employed by 13 states that fully or partially ban “aggregated demand response” from these markets. “Requiring FERC to take steps to eliminate the Opt Out rule will not only reduce emissions, it will …  Continue Reading

March 19, 2024

During my six years in Congress, I have received countless messages from parents and teachers concerned for their children and students’ lives in the classroom, at church, in the mall and at parades. They are terrified of what has become a reality for parents in Uvalde, Texas; Parkland, Florida; Highland Park; and countless other cities and towns across America. I know my colleagues across the aisle receive these letters, too. But every time I see them walk into the Capitol proudly wearing an A…  Continue Reading

March 19, 2024

The Oak Brook Park District has been awarded a grant of more than $1.4 million that will be used for the Ginger Creek Accessible Pedestrian Bridge and Shoreline Improvement Project. Specifically, the grant is from the HUD Community Project Funding Package included in the Federal 2024 Appropriations Bill and will be used to replace the existing bridge at Central Park. The Park District’s executive director, Laure Kosey, said the grant funding will be used to replace the existing bridge crossing…  Continue Reading

March 07, 2024

The Security and Exchange Commission’s decision Wednesday to dilute a long-awaited rule to compel major companies to disclose their carbon emissions ultimately did little to neutralize the political response on Capitol Hill. As lawmakers learned the details of the SEC’s so-called climate disclosure rule, their reactions signaled just how politicized environmental policies have truly become — and how dug in members remain in their positions. “The SEC was bullied by corporate interests, specific…  Continue Reading