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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Condemns Trump's Dirty Budget

February 15, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) spoke on the House Floor in opposition to President Donald Trump's budget and infrastructure proposal, both of which undermine bedrock environmental protections. Video of Congresswoman McCollum's remarks is available here. The full text of Congresswoman McCollum's remarks is below:

"As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our environment and our public lands for today and for tomorrow. That’s why we passed clean air and clean water laws and why we protected our public lands and treasured spaces. But President Trump has a different set of priorities.

"With his Dirty Budget and his infrastructure scam, President Trump is attacking basic environmental safeguards. The Trump budget cuts vital environmental protections and makes it impossible for the EPA to keep American families safe and healthy. The Trump budget stops essential research on climate change, slashes clean energy development, and threatens endangered species. And the Trump infrastructure scam repeals basic environmental rules and sells off our public lands to Big Oil.

"Once again, President Trump is putting polluters and their profits first and putting the health of American families last. Our air, our water, and our lands should never be a partisan issue. Congress must reject this Dirty Budget and infrastructure scam and work to protect our environment not destroy it."