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Conservation and Economic Growth Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. BALDWIN. Mr. Chair, I rise in opposition to the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, H.R. 2578, a measure that will not create jobs in our country, but instead poke gaping holes in the Clean Air and Clean Water Act.

I support pieces of this legislation, including the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, H.R. 3065. This bill, introduced by Representative HEATH SHULER, would facilitate the construction and expansion of target shooting ranges by increasing the federal share of funding that can be used for such purposes. Had this provision come up for a vote on its own, I would have strongly supported this pro-sportsman legislation.

Unfortunately, this lands package incorporates 13 other bills including several poison pills meant to score political points, not address real issues. This bill includes sections that would wave dozens of federal statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Farmland Protection Policy Act. I will not support legislation that severely weakens the laws that protect the public health of Americans.

Instead of tackling the significant challenges facing our country, House Republicans created a partisan patchwork of legislation that does not create jobs. With the highway bill extension and student loan interest rates set to expire on June 30, and with millions of jobs and students in limbo, I believe Congress should work on bipartisan legislation that strengthens American infrastructure, keeps college affordable, and puts Americans back to work.

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