The Trump Administration is preparing to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by a massive 20 percent (or more).
In its just released budget outline, Trump's bean counting new head of the Office of Management & Budget is demanding this devastating cut to EPA programs and staff to help pay for the proposed $54 billion increase in military spending.
The Trump Administration and the new head of the EPA have made it crystal clear that they plan to roll back basic environmental protections for clean water, clean air, emission control, research, and development. And, as climate change deniers, they are ready to stop all EPA efforts on climate change prevention.
Additionally, environmental leaders are highly concerned EPA reductions will put an increased financial burden on the states to fulfill federal mandates, so creating a domino effect placing many state programs at risk
As Congress gets ready to take up the new budget from the Trump Administration, all of us who care deeply about the environment must take action NOW to prevent these deep and destructive cuts to the EPA.
Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT) is the chair of the Interior Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. As chair, Rep. Stewart oversees the budget appropriations and spending of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Please join me in urging Rep. Stewart and other members of the House Interior Subcommittee to stop any attempts to reverse years of bipartisan work to protect and save our environment and natural resources. Slashing the EPA budget by 20 percent -- or more -- cannot be tolerated.