Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) participated in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2013 bill. The bill appropriates $28 billion in federal funds for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other federal agencies.
The Republican bill slashed funding from last year's allocation resulting in a 17 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 21 percent cut to the Fish and Wildlife Service, and a devastating 80 percent cut to the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In a demonstration of bipartisan cooperation, McCollum worked with Republican committee leadership to secure a 1 percent funding increase for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Congresswoman McCollum issued the following statement:
"Slashing funding for the most basic environmental protections puts the health of the American people at risk. It is clear that this Republican funding bill is all about protecting polluters and gutting environmental regulations. The dangerous and unacceptable cuts to EPA and important agencies like Fish and Wildlife only highlight the fact that the Tea Party Republican majority are sound stewards of corporate interests, but enemies of the environment."