Interior Appropriations Bill Shortchanges Environment, Wildlife
WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2822, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016. This legislation appropriates approximately $30 billion in discretionary budget authority for FY 2016, which is about $250 million below FY 2015 funding levels, and falls $2 billion below the President’s budget request. The bill also contains several environmental policy riders. Congressman Gene Green voted no, and released the following statement:
"Unfortunately, I was unable to support this legislation. H.R. 2822 continues a long-standing trend of the Republican Party using Appropriations bills to advance anti-environment, anti-conservation, and anti-wildlife agendas. I support balancing our economic, energy and environmental requirements but this bill does not accomplish any balance. I would welcome the opportunity to work with my friends across the aisle to craft funding bills that drive our economy by expanding energy development while protecting at-risk wildlife and the wider environment."