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Rep. McCollum's E-newsletter: GOP's Worst Budget Cuts, Global Food Security Act, and More

August 6, 2013

Top Ten of the GOP’s Worst Cuts in FY14 Interior, Environment Appropriations Bill
Before Congress adjourned for the August recess, House Republicans continued their attack on federal investments that keep America strong, safe, and healthy.  The Appropriations Committee began to markup the Republican draft of the FY2014 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies spending bill.  This proposal cuts over $5.5 billion (18.6%) from current year spending from agencies related to environmental protections, natural resource conservation, Native Americans trust obligations, and arts and humanities. 

Congresswoman McCollum, a member of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, highlighted the GOP’s top ten worst proposed cuts:

1)    80% cut to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that restores and maintains the world’s largest fresh water basin

2)    Elimination all funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund

3)    19% cut to the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences

4)    83% cut to the Clean Water State Revolving Funds

5)    61% cut to the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funds

6)    34% cut to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget

7)    Elimination all funding for the EPA’s brownfields program

8)    Zero funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s State and Tribal Wildlife Grants that protect wildlife and preserve natural habitats

9)    Decreased funding to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, which will expand the gaps in health, education, and safety in Indian Country 

10)  Reduction of both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities by 49%.

In addition, the bill includes policy riders that give a green light to polluters who profit from poisoning our air, water, and land.

McCollum: Improving Global Food Security is Important to U.S. National Security
On August 1, 2013, Congresswoman McCollum spoke on the House floor, urging support for the bipartisan Global Food Security Act (H.R. 2822).  The bill directs the Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to improve global nutrition, food security, and agricultural development.

“More than 35 NGOs and faith-based groups support the bill,” said Congresswoman McCollum.  “This bill will improve food security for millions around the world, which is the right thing to do.  It will also make America more secure – it is in our own national interest.”

McCollum Joins Nebraska Republican on Bipartisan Conservation Reform Act
Along with Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Congresswoman McCollum introduced the bipartisan Conservation Reform Act (H.R. 2935). The bill will expand wildlife habitats worldwide, help reduce global conflict and instability, and create and protect American jobs.  

“The United States needs to sustain and modernize its global conservation leadership.  As threats continue to put critical natural resources at risk around the world, the Conservation Reform Act will position the United States to respond in a coordinated and strategic manner,” said Congresswoman McCollum.

Congresswoman McCollum is co-chair of the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF), which promotes the preservation and protection of the environment and natural resources.