Last week I travelled with twelve other Minnesotans to Washington, DC with the Healing Our Waters Coalition. We were lobbying for three main issues: Continued funding for the Great Lakes Initiative, support for conservation programs in the Farm Bill and support for the Stop Asian Carp bill. Here are some observations Recommend on Facebook Share… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Federal Budget
From Congresswoman Betty McCollum On September 23, House Republicans passed a destructive bill called the TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401). This legislation institutes needless bureaucratic delays and stall tactics to permanently weaken EPA’s ability to uphold the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The bill also orders EPA to indefinitely delay its rules to address… Read more »
While Minnesota’s leaders struggle to reach a budget solution, we must continue to let our legislators and the governor know that the budget must be fair and balanced — and protect the things Minnesotans value, including our Great Outdoors. Earlier in the 2011 regular session, our legislators supported many provisions that threatened Minnesota’s land, air… Read more »
[Editor’s note: In an effort to help inform our members about state and federal budget issues, Minnesota Environmental Partnership is working with the Minnesota Budget Project to cross-post updates about the budget.] A last-minute budget deal to avert a federal government shutdown on April 8 includes approximately $38 billion in spending cuts for the current… Read more »
All of these public health, economic, and environmental trends have been strongly linked to climate change. Multiple studies have shown that 97 percent of the most qualified climate scientists are in agreement that humans are causing the planet to warm. If this was an illness, and 97 percent of doctors recommended a certain treatment, we would take appropriate action.
On Feb. 16, Congresswoman McCollum referred to Minnesota’s Valentines to the EPA when she spoke against budget cuts to environmental protection programs on the U.S. House Floor.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the We Heart EPA campaign! We are happy to report that the effort resulted in some great actions:
President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 represents a good-faith effort to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction by proposing a mix of significant spending cuts, some increased investments as well as raising revenues by allowing high-income tax cuts to expire as scheduled in 2012 and closing numerous tax loopholes.
Last week, we were fortunate to have a meeting for our member organizations with U.S. Representative Betty McCollum. We had more than 40 people in attendance, representing two dozen organizations. Thanks to our members who participated! Congresswoman McCollum (who represents Minnesota’s 4th district) provided some great insight into the federal budget through her work on… Read more »
It is critical that members hear from their constituents about the importance of funding the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.