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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 Ranking Member 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.

last updated: April 20, 2017

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April 20, 2018 Press Release
“Earth Day is a time to reflect on our stewardship of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and this precious planet we all call home. It calls us to celebrate our natural treasures and renew our commitment to protecting the Earth for future generations."
April 16, 2018 Press Release
The Government Accountability Office today responded to a request from U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) with a finding that the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal law by purchasing a $43,000 phone booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office – and then hiding that purchase from Congress.
April 11, 2018 Press Release
"Mr. Secretary, your task is to protect, preserve, and use resources wisely for the benefit of the American people today, and for future generations. Right now, I don’t feel you are meeting your mission."
April 2, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on April 2 to demand answers after numerous media outlets reported that the EPA reimbursed a property owner to replace a door at his residence that was destroyed by his security detail after he failed to respond to them in a timely manner.
March 28, 2018 Press Release
“The sunny vision of the Trump administration that Vice President Mike Pence told Minnesotans today is completely at odds with the stormy reality."
March 27, 2018 Press Release
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, is traveling to Puerto Rico this week to conduct oversight of recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
March 22, 2018 Press Release
“The Omnibus Appropriations Act is a significant victory for Minnesotans and Americans."
March 22, 2018 Press Release
"By investing in critical priorities like education, election integrity, housing, infrastructure, public safety, opioid abuse prevention and treatment, and veterans’ health care, this legislation keeps Minnesota and our entire country safe, strong, and moving forward."
March 22, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2018. The bill provides $35.25 billion for functions under the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee.
March 9, 2018 Page
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, heard testimony from Minnesota community and nonprofit leaders about their budget and appropriations priorities at a public meeting in the Minnesota State Senate Office Building on Friday, March 9, 2018.

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