Green groups decry looming environmental cuts from debt deal

Friends of the Earth President Erich Pica, in a statement, urged lawmakers to reject the deal.

“The agreement threatens the economy, erodes the social safety net, undermines enforcement of crucial environmental laws and limits our nation’s capacity to invest in a brighter future. It is likely to mean more people drinking poisoned water and breathing polluted air, and a slower transition to a clean energy economy,” he said.