CCAN Action Fund blasts move, calls on Senate to reject proposal
Washington, DC — Yesterday, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee released its fiscal year 2024 Interior-Environment spending bill with deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and billions of dollars rescinded from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). This comes after both chambers of Congress and President Biden agreed to flat spending and a framework that would guide all 12 FY 2024 appropriation bills. Now with the proposed cuts to the EPA and IRA, House leadership is reneging on this deal.
Statement from Quentin Scott, Federal Director for CCAN Action Fund:
“CCAN Action Fund is appalled by House leadership’s attempt to cut EPA funding by 39%, a return to 1991 funding levels. These cuts will endanger the health of our most vulnerable communities and hamper our ability to respond to disasters like the Ohio train derailment, which released 100,000 gallons of hazardous material. We are equally troubled by the rescissions from the Inflation Reduction Act, which is a centerpiece of President Biden’s climate plan. Like so many Americans, we were unhappy with some of the policy features of the debt ceiling bill, one being approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. However, that was the deal agreed upon and House leadership needs to honor their commitment. To renege on a deal that already hurt so many people, just so they can hurt even more people, is completely unacceptable. We strongly urge Senate leadership to immediately reject these deep cuts proposed by House leadership.”
CCAN Action Fund is the advocacy arm of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, the oldest and largest grassroots organization dedicated exclusively to raising awareness about the impacts and solutions associated with global warming in the Chesapeake Bay region. For over 20 years, CCAN has been at the center of the fight for clean energy and wise climate policy in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and beyond.