New bills are being introduced in Congress to overhaul the nation’s environmental protection laws and boost funding for states and cities.
Read moreThe Senate bill is being led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has introduced several bills to combat climate change, but this is the first one that explicitly targets the environment.
In the Senate bill, states are being asked to fund an additional $300 billion in environmental programs over the next 10 years, a $1.4 trillion increase over what the federal government allocates annually, including a $300 million investment in green infrastructure.
The additional $400 billion would be earmarked to fight the effects of climate change and protect wetlands, water quality, wildlife, fisheries, and watersheds.
The legislation also proposes an additional two billion dollars for environmental programs, including $400 million to help states protect endangered species and $500 million to boost public-private partnerships to protect natural resources and communities.
The bill would also add $150 million for green infrastructure projects, including an additional 1,200 miles of new bridges and $200 million to expand the nation�s network of energy storage.
It is expected to pass the Senate, but it could face resistance in the House, where the Democrats are split on environmental legislation.
Read MoreSanders is not the only Republican who is pushing for more funding for the environment, with several other Republicans also sponsoring the bill.
The House will vote on the bill on Tuesday.