House Spending Bill Shields Polluters, Guts Funding for Wildlife

The spending bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives opens new polluter loopholes in the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. It also slashes investment in wildlife conservation and clean energy while preserving billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Polar bear and cub The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. The bill includes provisions to open new polluter loopholes in the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. It also slashes investment in wildlife conservation and clean energy while preserving billions in subsidies for oil and gas companies.

Tell your representative that you oppose the House of Represenatives actions to endanger wildlife and subsidize big polluters.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said about the budget Continuing Resolution:

"These attacks on the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act put polluter lobbyists at the front of the line and move independent scientists to the back. These laws were passed with bipartisan support and form the bedrock of a strong and healthy America.

"I grew up in Pittsburgh at a time when chemicals filled our rivers and unchecked air pollution clouded our air. I worked to help pass the original Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act and have been proud to watch them work for nearly two generations to help restore my hometown – not just its environment but its economy, now revitalized by clean energy jobs. It's outrageous that anyone would want to take us back to the era of Love Canal, Silent Spring, and the flaming Cuyahoga River."

For more analysis of the Continuing Resolution, read Jeremy Symons's post at the National Wildlife Federation blog, Sneak Attack on Clean Water and Clean Air Acts.

Press Release issued by the National Wildlife Federation.

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