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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Leads Democrats Opposing House GOP’s Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill

July 18, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, today led House Democrats opposing the fiscal year 2018 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill during the Appropriations Committee’s mark-up of the legislation. House Republicans advanced their bill on a 30-21 vote.

“The Interior-Environment jurisdiction includes important activities that keep our families safe from pollution, conserve our natural resources, preserve our history, and foster the cultural life of our nation,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “House Republicans’ bill cuts these critical efforts, endangering our nation’s natural and cultural resources.”

The deepest cuts in the bill attack the Environmental Protection Agency, which has already sustained a $2.2 billion cut since fiscal year 2010. House Republicans’ bill includes an additional $528 million cut to the EPA.

“If enacted, the cuts in this bill will further undermine the EPA’s ability to keep our families and communities healthy and to protect our environment for future generations. These cuts will even weaken the basic enforcement that keeps deadly toxins out of our air and water,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Refusing to fund the work needed to protect the public health and our environment is short-sighted and reckless. But that is exactly what is proposed in this bill.”

Congresswoman McCollum’s full opening statement at the House Appropriations Committee mark-up is available here.