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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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March 30, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to oppose H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.

Today, Congress could have had a legitimate and necessary debate about the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Does FIFRA do an adequate job of regulating pesticides or should the Clean Water Act supplement these efforts to address water quality issues? But that is not the debate we are having today

March 23, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

March 15, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Latest weather service reports indicate record flooding possible

March 4, 2011 e-Newsletter

Please join Congresswoman McCollum's official Facebook page to stay informed on her activities in St. Paul and Washington, DC.

February 25, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

McCollum Responds to St. Croix County Board of Supervisors' Resolution, Calling on Congress to Pass Legislative Exemption

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) voiced her strong opposition to the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors' request that the Minnesota and Wisconsin Congressional delegations support legislation to exempt a proposed $700 million replacement for the existing Stillwater Lift Bridge.

February 19, 2011 Statements For the Record

Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to H.R. 1 - legislation introduced by the House Republican majority that would cut over $60 billion in essential funding to America's communities without making a significant impact on this year's federal deficit.

February 16, 2011 Statements For the Record

First of all, to make clear, while the Congressman says his amendment eliminates the U.S. Forest Service's International Programs, it does not.

The amendment only calls for a reduction in the budget for the "Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry." Should this short-sighted amendment pass, the Agency would decide what within its budget to cut.

That being said, the gentleman from Kansas has unfairly maligned an important agency doing unsung work.

February 15, 2011 Statements For the Record

I rise today to let the American people—and all Minnesotans—know that this Continuing Resolution is an unprecedented assault on our public health and the environment.

We know the federal budget is in crisis.

We know we must make tough choices.

But those choices must be prudent, wise, and invest for our future. It should not put the basic health of Americans at risk.

The Republicans' plan before us proposes to cut $3 billion from the EPA's budget, the largest percentage cut to this critical agency in 30 years.

February 11, 2011 e-Newsletter

GOP Budget Cuts Dominate Talks with Local Officials
Earlier this month, Congresswoman McCollum met with elected leaders from Ramsey County, Dakota County, and the St. Paul City Council to discuss the potential impact on Minnesota of proposed federal budget cuts proposed by House Republicans.

January 21, 2011 Press Release

Contact: Maria Reppas, (202) 225-6631 / (202) 527-0149

Congresswoman McCollum to Serve on Interior-Environment and Military Construction-Veterans Affairs Subcommittees

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) issued the following statement on her appointment to two House Appropriations Subcommittees for the 112th Congress.