McCollum Opposes House GOP’s Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, voiced her opposition to House Republicans’ fiscal year 2018 Interior-Environment Appropriations bill during today’s Subcommittee mark-up.
“I am deeply disappointed that House Republicans’ fiscal year 2018 Interior-Environment bill cuts funding by $824 million relative to the fiscal year 2017 enacted level,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “The bill’s overall funding level is too low and threatens many important programs that protect our nation’s natural and cultural resources.”
Congresswoman McCollum drew particular attention to the bill’s sharp cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. House Republicans’ bill slashes the EPA by $528 million, on top of a reduction of $2.2 billion since fiscal year 2010.
“The cuts proposed in this bill would further undermine EPA’s ability to protect human health and the health of our environment,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “This bill weakens the enforcement that keeps toxins out of our air and water. Surely, Republican control of the White House and both chambers should be enough to influence policy without having to slash funding for the EPA and cripple its ability to function.”
Congresswoman McCollum’s full opening statement at the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee mark-up is available here.