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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Today, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), chair and ranking member of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, sent a letter to the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of the Interior Mark Greenblatt requesting the ongoing ethics investigation into Interior Department officials be expanded to include a new action by Secretary Bernhardt that appears to directly benefit a former client.
“The Government Accountability Office, under the authority of the Comptroller General, has issued a legal decision that the Secretary violated appropriations law. The Secretary must respect this judgment, not resort to harsh partisan attacks. Instead, he appears to be continuing this administration’s alarming pattern of undermining our constitutional principles of the rule of law and the separation of powers.
Today, U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) the chair and ranking member of the U.S.
Citing a lack of meaningful analysis and consultation, McCollum & Udall call on BLM to suspend any efforts to move headquarters and abruptly relocate staff. Lawmakers express concerns that proposed reorganization is part of a “deliberate effort to dismantle and weaken the Bureau”
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today after reports that the Department of Interior is using $2.5 million in National Park entrance fees to fund President Trump’s “Salute to America” event:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today after reports about President Trump’s intention to use tanks, fighter jets, and other U.S. military equipment in his Fourth of July “Salute to America” event:
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:
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:
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:
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.