Today, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2024 environmental appropriations bill. After voting, Addie Hoey, Legislative Director for Land, Wildlife and Oceans, Earthjustice issued the following statement:
“We may have a new speaker, but it’s business as usual in the House. This terrible bill somehow got even worse in the full House, and the bill that just passed rejected science and… We doubled down on policies that undermine environmental protections and prioritize the profits of polluting industries over our health.
“This bill contains numerous poison pill provisions, including dozens of new amendments that amount to benefits for polluting industries. It repeals many of the Inflation Control Act’s landmark investments aimed at mitigating the worst effects of the EPA, while also eliminating all environmental justice funding at the EPA. EPA’s budget is 40 percent reduced, It aims to thwart the Biden administration’s efforts to protect clean water and clean air, including attacks on President Biden’s WOTUS rule and the Good Neighbor Rule. Additionally, we open our public lands and waters to oil and gas drilling and deny scientific analysis that would help protect endangered species, including those already at risk of extinction, such as the rice whale in the Gulf of Mexico. promote species extinction.
“As we fight climate change, toxic pollution, and the biodiversity crisis, we implement the Inflation Control Act’s groundbreaking investments to fulfill our critical mission to protect our air and water and prevent species extinction. We need fully funded and staffed federal agencies to help. We urge the Senate to reject this harmful bill and propose solutions that meaningfully address our most pressing problems. I urge you to do so.”