The Clean Water Act turns 40!

The Clean Water Act turns 40!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. This bill was a monumental piece of legislation that helped put in place crucial environmental protections. I consider it one of our most important bills. Check out this great article from the Huffington Post that details what the Clean Water Act has accomplished in the past 40 years and the threats it faces today: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-yaggi/the-clean-water-act-at-40_b_1972270.html. Our very own Senator Ed Muskie was a key player in helping to get it passed. This bill would never have been signed into law if it wasn’t for the Democrats.

When people ask me why I believe in the Democratic Party it is because of legislation like the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Affordable Care Act, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and many other bills. Democrats have historically looked out for those around them and fought to make the world a cleaner, more peaceful place.

We hear a lot about partisan gridlock and how the two parties have failed. While its true that the political rancor has gotten out of control, I don’t think it is time to give up. Instead it’s time to fix the system and get back to a civil discourse. There is no excuse for the political fear-mongering that we see today. We should be able to work together to get things done. While in Augusta I learned that no matter who you are talking to you can always find common ground. I am proud of the allies I have made on both sides of the aisle and I am proud to be a Democrat. I want to fight to make sure that the Democratic Party stays strong and continues to fight for legislation that protects the rights and livelihoods of all Americans regardless of their party affiliation.

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Matthea “Mattie” Daughtry, a Brunswick native, is the State Representative for the Maine House District 66

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