Whitfield Statement on Interior Appropriations Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) on Thursday voted in favor of H.R. 5538, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017.  Included within this legislation is funding for the National Park Service, Native American Programs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Endowment for the Arts, among many others.  In addition to the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also receives funding through this legislation, which includes $164 million in cuts to the agency from the previous year.  Whitfield released the following statement upon passage:

“Today we passed a critical funding bill to provide for a wide range of services including wildfire prevention and safe drinking water.  I am pleased to see many provisions I advocated for within this important legislation including prohibiting the use of funds for costly EPA regulations on new, modified, or existing power plants, as well as eliminating funds  for new methane requirements on the oil and gas sector, and the proposed Stream Buffer Rule.  Additionally, this legislation blocks EPA’s implementation of the Waters of the United States Rule that seeks to change the definition of what is considered to be a navigable water.  Ultimately, H.R. 5538 promotes responsible utilization of our natural resources while cutting bureaucratic red tape and reigning in an agency that has overreached its authority and stifled economic growth.”

For more information on H.R. 5538, click HERE.


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