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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Opposes House GOP’s 8-Bill Appropriations Package, Cuts to Interior-Environment Programs

September 6, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, spoke on the House Floor today in strong opposition to House Republicans’ eight-bill appropriations package and its devastating $824 million cut to the programs funded in the Interior-Environment bill. 

“The devastating cut to the Interior-Environment allocation shortchanges the protection of our nation’s natural and cultural resources and has real consequences for American families and communities,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “Slashing the Environmental Protection Agency by $534 million will severely impact the agency’s ability to protect human health and safety and ensure clean air and clean water for all Americans.”

House Republicans’ eight-bill appropriations package cuts funding for the Interior-Environment programs by $824 million and forces the EPA to shoulder 65 percent of that cut. The bill’s attack on the EPA comes on top of more than $2.2 billion in cuts to the EPA since fiscal year 2010. The bill also cuts programs critical to appropriately managing public lands and reduces funding necessary for endangered species listing protection.

In addition, the bill includes a number of partisan riders in this bill that pander to special interests at the expense of the public good. Riders in the bill jeopardize protection and recovery for vulnerable species, restrict ocean protection efforts, undermine clean water and clean air safeguards, and even prevent the development of renewable energy.

The full text of Congresswoman McCollum’s floor remarks opposing the appropriations package is available here.