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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

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 Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I am a strong supporter of action on climate change and strongly oppose efforts to undermine our international commitments and turn the United States into an environmental rogue nation. 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.

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June 25, 2019 Press Release

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 FY 20 Interior-Environment funding bill, part of a five-bill appropriations minibus, H.R. 3055:

June 19, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the passage of H.R. 2740, which consists of the FY2020 Labor-HHS-Education, Defense, State and Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water appropriations bills.

The four-bill minibus rejects President Trump’s harmful budget cuts and invests in hardworking families across the nation with provisions important to Minnesotans and the American people, including:

May 22, 2019 Press Release

Today the Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which includes $37.28 billion in funding, an increase of $1.73 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $7.24 billion over the President’s 2020 request. There is also an additional $2.25 billion of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment.  

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chair Betty McCollum released the following statement:

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) today joined House Appropriations Democrats in voting to approve the FY 2020 Energy and Water Development funding bill. The bill rejects the Trump administration’s harmful cuts and instead makes environmentally sound and economically beneficial investments to address climate change, improve infrastructure, and uphold our commitment to strengthening America’s national security.

In total, the legislation invests $46.4 billion in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.8 billion from fiscal year 2019.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

 The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2020 bill. In total, the draft bill includes $37.28 billion, an increase of $1.73 billion over the 2019 enacted level and $7.24 billion over the President’s 2020 request. There is also an additional $2.25 billion of funding provided under the fire suppression cap adjustment. The bill next heads to the full Appropriations Committee for markup.

May 15, 2019 Press Release

In response to the Bureau of Land Management's renewal of hardrock mineral leases in the Superior National Forest today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement: 

May 14, 2019 Press Release

The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee on Wednesday, May 15, at 2pm ET/1pm 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.

March 18, 2019 Press Release

U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Ranking Member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, wrote to U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Deputy Inspector General Mary L.

March 11, 2019 Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies, released the following statement after President Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020:  

March 1, 2019 Press Release

In a new letter sent today, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Chair of the Committee on Natural Resources, and Rep.

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