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McCollum Statement on Reckless Trump Cuts to Interior and Environment Budgets

February 12, 2018
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2019 budget:

“President Trump’s budget is emblematic of his Polluters First agenda, with a devastating 24 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency that will make it impossible for the Agency to fulfill its mission to protect human health and our environment. Slashing help for states to enforce clean air and clean water laws will lead to sicker families and polluted communities. Cutting the funding for EPA’s Office of Science and Technology by 37 percent will devastate the research necessary to protect our nation from environmental threats. Eliminating grants to address climate change leaves our planet more vulnerable to the catastrophic impacts of global warming.

“Beyond environmental devastation, the Trump budget slashes protection of our natural resources and public lands by cutting the Department of the Interior by 13 percent and eliminating new acquisitions under the Land and Water Conservation Fund. President Trump is also turning his back on federal support for our cultural heritage by terminating both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These are short-sighted decisions that harm local economies and weaken our communities.

“Congress rejected similar cuts in President Trump’s budget last year — and I expect the same result this year. As Ranking Member of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, I look forward to working across the aisle to provide robust funding to protect our environment and preserve our natural resources and cultural heritage.”