Dems outraged at cuts in House Interior, environment bill

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"EPA was funded at these levels during the Reagan administration.  While ideologues might prefer to completely defund the agency, its vital work is essential to protect public health and environmental safety, without both of which, we can’t have a strong economy," she said. 

"Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funds, which are desperately needed to rebuild our water infrastructure, are cut by 83 percent and 61 percent, respectively. In my district, during heavy rains, raw sewage is diverted into the Hudson River, and last year’s regional overflow totaled 27 billion gallons. As a result, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria have been found from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan.  Slashing these accounts makes it more difficult to ensure clean water for drinking and recreation," she added.

She noted that the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities are both cut by nearly 49 percent in the bill.  

She said, "These numbers harken back to a time when there was a misguided war on art and culture, which ignored the education and cultural benefits of these valuable programs to our communities."

"While the funding levels in the bill are abysmal, riders are as bad, amounting to an industry wish list of giveaways," she said. "This bill shows that while the majority can’t earmark funds, they are willing to provide regulatory relief for certain industries."