Proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives “would dramatically reduce critical resource programs and sharply curtail federal agencies abilities to responsibly manage public resources and outdoor opportunities,” according to the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP.
“This misguided action by the House not only would roll back investments in conservation spending,” said TRCP President and CEO Whit Fosburgh. “It also undermines the foundation of our nation’s conservation policy. The bill wages a full-frontal assault on basic natural resources management measures that will cost us money and jobs, both in the near and long term.”
TRCP provides the following “lowlights” of cuts included in the bill:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget cut by $317 million
- BLM operations and maintenance cut by $39.6 million
- North American Wetlands Conservation Act cut by $13 million
- EPA budget cut by 17 percent
- Land and Water Conservation Fund reduced by 80 percent
- State and tribal wildlife grants cut by $30 million
- Chesapeake Bay restoration funding cut by $7 million
By the way, the proposed cut for EPA is regrettable, but certainly understandable, considering its abuse of power during this administration. Remember the Sacketts? Or how about the official who resigned after comparing his enforcement strategy to Roman crucifixion?