LCV Statement on Trump’s Proposed FY2021 Budget

Contact: Emily Samsel, emily_samsel@lcv.org, 202-454-4573

Washington, D.C. — In response the release of President Trump’s proposed FY2021 budget, which includes a proposed 27 percent cut to EPA, 29 percent cut to non-defense and nuclear weapons Department of Energy programs, and a 13 percent cut to Department of the Interior, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from Legislative Director Matthew Davis:

“The values reflected in this budget proposal show Trump prioritizes polluters over people every time. Cutting the Environmental Protection Agency budget by nearly a third and Interior by 13 percent, including nearly zeroing out the Land and Water Conservation Fund, would be dangerously irresponsible. The effects of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country. Unhealthy air days rose 15 percent in the first two years of the Trump administration, and our drinking water sources face serious threats as tens of millions of people risk exposure from pollution like lead, arsenic, toxic algae blooms, and a group of toxic chemicals called PFAS. What’s more, the drastic cuts to non-defense-related Department of Energy programs completely undermine Trump’s assurances that his administration will address the climate crisis through research and innovation — an approach that fails to meet the scale of the climate crisis but that he still won’t put resources towards. Congress must reject and replace this budget with one that truly protects the public’s health and provides the economic opportunities of a clean energy future.”

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