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Clean water, conservation, equity, and public health advocates speak out about the omnibus spending bill passed on March 22. 2018.
Clean Water Action – Congress comes to its senses for a moment, rejects Trump’s dangerous budget proposal
“We applaud the hard work of our champions in Congress who fought to secure funding and protections for our water and health. This is a testament to the power of the public ─ Americans demanded that Congress put our priorities first, not polluter profits.”
“This spending bill is a repudiation of President Trump’s extreme budget cuts. It recognizes that we need more investments—not fewer—to protect public health, boost our outdoor recreation economy, and grow clean energy jobs.”
Green for All – The release of the Omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2018 is a clear win for protecting public health and the environment
“A future worth fighting for is one in which our children have access to clean air and drinking water. We are pleased to see that Congress has acted in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the EPA is provided the funding to do this work.”
“The funding bill will provide a major boost for important road, bridge, and trail repair projects and for fixing historic sites– just as the National Park Service is preparing for another busy summer travel season.”
“Although this bill maintains most environmental protections for our communities; there is room for improvement. Through this process we continued to see Republican introduction of environmental poison pill riders that look to override the best interest of the public in favor of corporate bottom lines.”
TRCP – Spending Bill with Wildfire Funding Fix Would Be a Defining Conservation Achievement for Congress
“We are thrilled and relieved to see bipartisan support for many provisions in this spending bill that will benefit fish and wildlife habitat, clean water, sportsmen’s access, and the outdoor recreation economy, but hunters and anglers especially have reason to cheer for the wildfire funding fix, which will ensure that the Forest Service can get back to the business of maintaining healthy habitat and excellent facilities.”
“Cooler heads seem to be prevailing — at long last. We welcome this bipartisan repudiation of the draconian spending cuts sought by President Trump. It rejects many further attacks on our health and the environment, including most legislative ‘riders’.’’
Our organizations, along with our millions of members and supporters, urge you to oppose the inclusions of damaging ideological riders in any final spending legislation for Fiscal Year 2018, including those that attack much needed clean water protections.
On behalf of our organizations and our millions of members and supporters, we write to submit recommendations to address America’s water infrastructure needs and challenges. As the Environment and Public Works Committee considers legislation addressing our nation’s water infrastructure crisis we urge you to implement our recommendations to help ensure clean water for all.
“EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is racing the clock to deny protections for our public health and safety. It’s grossly irresponsible, and illegal—and we’ll challenge it in court.”
“The Trump Administration is playing politics with our drinking water. By attempting to delay the Clean Water Rule, the agency is one step closer to repealing the rule altogether.”
“The administration’s constant assault on our waterways is outrageous and we will continue to defend our right to clean, safe drinking water for all communities.”
“Today’s action is an unlawful attack on the drinking water of more than 100 million Americans. Once again, the administration has defied administrative law by ramming a fatally-flawed rule through in a matter of weeks with no meaningful opportunity for public comment and no rational basis for the delay. The administration has left us no choice but to defend America’s waterways in court.”
“The Trump administration is showing it would rather rig the system against clean water and public health. This outrageous delay threatens the livelihoods of families, businesses, and communities that rely on streams, wetlands, and the drinking water sources the Clean Water Rule is meant to protect.”
“We urge the Trump administration to protect clean water and create certainty for stakeholders by swiftly moving to defend and implement the smart, targeted protections of the rule. The Clean Water Rule is still the law of the land and is still the best way to protect our nation’s waters, while respecting private property rights. We will continue to fight to defend clean water in the courts, the agencies, and in Congress.”
“There is no excuse for EPA and the Army Corps to continue delaying protecting streams, wetlands, and our drinking water from polluters. The Trump administration should do what any responsible administration would do ─ implement the Clean Water Rule wherever possible and vigorously defend it in the federal district courts. This would provide clarity to stakeholders across the nation while ensuring that the drinking water for 1 in 3 of us is protected.”
“The Clean Water Rule provides strong protections for streams, wetlands and other bodies of water that feed the drinking water supplies for one in three Americans. It also helps prevent dangerous flooding, helps provide habitat for the fish we eat, and supports a robust recreational economy.”