Environment & Energy
The environment — our air, our water, our land — is a sacred trust that we must protect and preserve for ourselves and future generations. Today, our planet is in peril because of climate change, which is already affecting Minnesotans and Americans.
As the Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am a strong supporter of action on climate change. In addition, I support full funding for environmental protections and oppose harmful efforts to weaken our bedrock clean air, clean water, and conservation laws. These are laws that protect the health of our families and our planet.
When it comes to energy, we must make smart decisions today to create green jobs and safeguard our environment. Instead of doubling down on fossil fuels, I support strategic investments in clean energy infrastructure, research, and education.
Read my letter to President Biden on the Line 3 project here.
Find information on H.R. 2794, the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, here.
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) has introduced legislation to permanently protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) from sulfide-ore copper mining pollution. The Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act protects 234,328 acres of federal land in the Superior National Forest within the watershed of the BWCAW to ensure the waters flowing into the BWCA are never polluted.
The Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will accept community project funding requests in the following accounts:
The Subcommittee on Energy, Water, and Related Agencies will accept community project funding requests in the following accounts:
Corps of Engineers:
- Mississippi River and Tributaries
- Operation and Maintenance
Bureau of Reclamation:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden today requesting the White House and federal agencies ensure protections for one of our nation’s most precious federal treasures, the 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness.
In the letter, Congresswoman McCollum requests President Biden take the following actions:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement after the passage of the conference agreement for the $36.107 billion FY 21 Interior-Environment funding bill as part of the 12-bill appropriations omnibus package, H.R. 133:
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) today announced an $87 million, seven-year award to the BioIndustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE) for the creation of the BioIndustrial Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) to be headquartered at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul. BioMADE is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and a national network of academic and private sector partners working together to advance America’s bioindustrial manufacturing industry.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, released the following statement today after the passage of the FY 21 Interior-Environment funding bill, part of a four-bill appropriations minibus, H.R. 7608:
Led by Chair Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill. In total, the bill includes $36.76 billion in federal funding, and includes bill language stating, “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used to review or approve a mine plan proposed within the Rainy River Watershed of the Superior National Forest.” The language prohibits the Department of the Interior and the U.S.
Led by Chair Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies today approved its fiscal year 2021 bill. In total, the draft bill includes $36.76 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $771 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $5.11 billion over the President’s 2021 request. Additionally, the bill includes $15 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for investments in critical infrastructure.
The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow at 11am ET/10am CT. The legislation includes funding for programs within the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other related agencies, including the Indian Health Service.