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McCollum Statement on Passage of FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 22, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting for the $1.3 trillion fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill which the U.S. House passed today:

“The Omnibus Appropriations Act is a significant victory for Minnesotans and Americans. By investing in critical priorities like education, election integrity, housing, infrastructure, public safety, opioid abuse prevention and treatment, and veterans’ health care, this legislation keeps Minnesota and our entire country safe, strong, and moving forward.

“As Ranking Member of the Interior-Environment Subcommittee, my focus has been protecting our environment, upholding our commitments to Native Americans, and preserving our natural resources and cultural treasures. This omnibus meets that test. It rejects President Donald Trump's devastating cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. It improves education, health, and public safety in Indian Country. And it includes new resources to repair our National Parks and increases funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities. Moreover, we removed many Republican riders that attacked endangered species, undermined environmental safeguards, and jeopardized public health.

“While today’s omnibus is a positive step in the right direction, President Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget would undo much of the progress we have made. In the months ahead, I will continue to work with my colleagues to once against reject the President’s backwards budget priorities and instead make smart investments in America’s future.”