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McCollum Statement on President Trump’s FY2020 Budget Proposal

March 11, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies, released the following statement after President Trump released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020:  

“The president’s latest budget proposal is an attack on the well-being of the American people,” Rep. McCollum said. “The Environmental Protection Agency exists to protect human health and the environment. The budget proposal itself acknowledges that ‘environmental protection and public health are key to U.S. prosperity and essential to America’s quality of life’ while simultaneously slashing the EPA’s budget by an egregious 31 percent. Cutting funding by a third would render the agency incapable of fulfilling its mission and ensuring Americans have clean air to breathe and safe water to drink. The president’s proposed EPA budget is dead on arrival.

“The Department of Interior’s budget would be reduced by 14 percent, including nearly $300 million in cuts to programs supporting Indian Country and nearly half a billion dollars in cuts to the National Park Service budget. I’m committed to ensuring the U.S. can meet its trust and treaty obligations, and to protecting our national parks and public lands for future generations. This proposal is completely out of touch with the needs and desires of the American people.

“Honestly, the president’s proposed budget clearly shows he lacks interest in solving our most critical and pressing issues, particularly in addressing climate change. While this is disappointing, it is not surprising, seeing as the president campaigned on prioritizing the fossil fuel industry and then filled his cabinet with former coal and oil industry lobbyists. The Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee has already begun fighting back against this administration's disastrous proposed cuts by holding public witness hearings to gather testimony from communities, experts, and advocates to shape a funding bill that appropriately and sufficiently addresses the needs and priorities of the American people.”  

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