WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, spoke on the Senate floor just before the full Senate passed the FY2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, a funding bill authored by Udall’s committee.
The bill, authored in the Senate Appropriations subcommittee led by Udall and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), rejects the Trump administration’s devastating proposed cuts to critical programs and includes strong investments in New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, arts and humanities programs, and programs for Indian Country. In addition, Udall successfully fought to keep the bill free of any new anti-environmental poison pill riders.
“I am particularly proud that we have moved this bill without the addition of contentious authorizing matters or poison pill riders—quite an accomplishment,” Udall said. “Unfortunately, there are still scores of riders in the House bill. But by voting to send the Senate Interior bill to conference without adding controversial items, we are, as a body, telling the House that we will reject these poison pills once again.”
“That message is important because the funding in this bill is critical to meet wildland firefighting needs, support national parks and public lands, and continue the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” Udall continued. “We need to pass a final bill to fund the Environmental Protection Agency, support arts and cultural institutions, and meet our nation’s trust and treaty responsibilities.”
New Mexico highlights of the bill can be found HERE.