Assemblymember Bloom Appointed Chair of Budget Subcommittee No. 3

Assemblymember Richard Bloom was re-appointed Chair of the Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation, a position he has held since his first year in the legislature.

“Over the past four years, I have worked to protect California’s natural resources and make this state cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable for all of its residents,” said Assemblymember Bloom (D-Santa Monica). “I look forward to continuing that effort in the upcoming legislative session and thank Speaker Anthony Rendon for his confidence in my ability to do so.”

The Budget Subcommittee No. 3 oversees California’s budget on issues such as water resources, state parks, conservation, air quality, renewable energy, transportation, and greenhouse gas reductions. Over his tenure as Chair of the Committee, Assemblymember Bloom has played a key role in efforts to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions, improving access to renewable energy resources and significantly ramping up energy efficiency initiatives, renewing the state’s commitment to ocean health in the face of climate change, and allocating drought relief funds to communities hit hardest by California’s historically-severe drought. Assemblymember Bloom has also served as a conferee on the Budget Conference Committee, a small team of legislators tasked with negotiating the final budget with the Governor.

California has long been a leader on environmental protection and climate change; the Budget Subcommittee’s work in the upcoming years will be vital as the State fights to protect that mission and legacy from a potentially hostile executive branch. As the Committee begins its work on next year’s budget, it will be facing a dramatically changed national political landscape with a President and members of the controlling party in Congress having, at various points, called climate change a hoax, threatened to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, suggested the U.S’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and with climate change-deniers poised to lead important agencies in the administration.

“President-elect Trump and the Republican Congress appear to be hell-bent on dismantling U.S. policy on climate change, a position that is at odds with the views of a majority of Americans”, said Bloom. He added “California has long been looked to for its thoughtful leadership on environmental issues and my Budget Subcommittee will continue that tradition. California’s voice, rooted in science and steadfast in the face of difficult decisions, is more important now, than ever.”

Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.

  • Submitted by Assemblymember Bloom’s Office