July 6, 2011: Republican Spending Bills an Assault on Sea, Air, Land

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2011) – House Republican appropriators today released their spending bills on issues related to energy, public lands, water, and the environment, and comprise a multi-front assault on America’s air, land, water and public health, said Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the top Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee. Meanwhile, the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill restores $55 million in oil and gas subsidies.
 
The Interior and Environment Appropriations proposed bill would, among other provisions:
--Cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by $1.8 billion;
--Cut the Fish and Wildlife Service budget by 30 percent from the president’s 2012 budget;
--Places a one-year ban on EPA’s lawful ability to reduce global warming pollution;
--Eliminates funding for new Endangered Species Act listings;
--Overturns existing limits on uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.
 
The Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations proposed bill would, among other provisions:
--Cut the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration budget by 18 percent from the president’s 2012 budget;
--Eliminate funding for NOAA’s climate service.
 
These proposed spending plans comprise a multi-front assault on America’s air, public lands, water and clean energy future,” said Rep. Markey. “This isn’t a budget that helps the American people, it’s a bludgeoning of our environment to benefit polluters.”
 
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