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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

McCollum Opposes H.R. 1430, Another Republican Attack on Public Health, Scientific Integrity

March 29, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee — which funds the Environmental Protection Agency, spoke today on the House Floor against House Republicans’ H.R. 1430, a bill that prevents the EPA from functioning effectively and using the best scientific data available.

“This legislation interferes with the use of sound science and creates obstacles that stop the EPA from enforcing the law. This bill is just one part of President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attacks on science and our environment,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “We cannot go backwards. I urge my colleagues to reject this bill and other Republican efforts to weaken environmental protections. We must put public health and scientific integrity before polluters' profits.”

Full video of Congresswoman McCollum’s remarks is available here. Congresswoman McCollum’s full remarks are below:

“I rise in opposition to H.R. 1430, which makes it harder for the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job.

“This bill would bring the EPA’s work to a halt, undermining protection of Americans’ health and safety.

“This legislation interferes with the use of sound science and creates obstacles that stop the EPA from enforcing the law.

“This bill is just one part of President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attacks on science and our environment.

“Shortly after the inauguration, the Trump administration removed taxpayer-funded scientific data from public websites. That’s not open, that’s not honest, and that’s not fair to taxpayers.

“This month, President Trump proposed dramatic budget cuts that would make it impossible for the EPA to enforce clean air and clean water laws.

“Yesterday, President Trump rescinded the Clean Power Plan, paving the way for more air pollution.

“We cannot go backwards. I urge my colleagues to reject this bill and other Republican efforts to weaken environmental protections. We must put public health and scientific integrity before polluters' profits.”