Washington, D.C. – After the U.S. House of Representatives passed a FY2019 appropriations bill that includes sharp cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior, the League of Conservation Voters released the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:
“This bill makes deep cuts to the EPA and essential conservation programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund while repealing drinking water protections for 117 million people and attacking wildlife protections. As if that weren’t enough, anti-environment members of the House even added amendments to block limits on methane pollution and prohibit the cost of climate change from factoring into government decision making.
“Our communities are sick of the Republican-led Congress’s relentless attacks on environmental protections and refusal to act on climate change. The Senate should promptly reject these harmful funding cuts and policy riders that have no place in the appropriations process.”
LCV sent a letter opposing the bill to members of the House earlier this week, noting that the vote may be included in the 2018 National Environmental Scorecard.