Reps. McEachin, Blumenauer, Polis lead 107 House Dems on Letter Targeting Environmental Concerns in Farm Bill
WASHINGTON – Congressmen A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), and Jared Polis (CO-02) sent a letter co-signed by 104 other House Democrats expressing their concerns about anti-environmental provisions included in the House-passed Farm Bill to conferees as they negotiate the final bill text.
“The House-passed bill contains several anti-environmental provisions that undermine bedrock protections,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “I cannot support a conference report that I know will diminish our ability to protect the environment by eliminating conservation programs, threatening public health, and weakening forestry management and wildlife programs. Neither can the large group that signed this letter.”
In addition to failing to protect our wildlife and ecosystems, H.R. 2 proposes $800 million in cuts to conservation programs; undermines bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act; eliminates critical clean water safeguards for streams, lakes, rivers, and drinking water; and increases logging on public lands. This letter was sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the agriculture committees in both chambers prior to the release of the conference report.
“H.R. 2 cut conservation programs by $800 million, completely eliminated the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and rolled it into the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)…. Given the many challenges facing our American farmers, we should be working to expand our nation’s conservation programs, not cut them,” wrote the Members of Congress. “In addition to these concerns about conservation and environmental protection, we share other concerns with the House version of the bill, including its treatment of rural development, energy, and nutrition programs. We appreciate your attention to these matters and sincerely hope a final conference agreement will reject the House bill’s cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), support our nation’s farmers and consumers, and strengthen our nation’s commitment to a clean and healthy environment for our children and grandchildren.”
Full text of the letter signed by 107 Members of Congress is available here.
Contact: McEachin Press Office