Dear Senator Ron Blunt,
According to recent press reports, leaks have just revealed that the Trump administration plans savage budget cuts for EPA’s protections for coastal and Great Lakes communities across the country, from the Chesapeake Bay to the Puget Sound. While the planned agency-wide cuts for the EPA are disturbing enough, specific programs that serve our ocean, coastal communities and Great Lakes are being targeted for disproportionately brutal cuts ranging from 90 to 100 percent. Some of the most dramatic proposed coastal EPA program cuts that have leaked include:
· Beach water quality testing – 100 percent cut
· San Francisco Bay – 100 percent cut
· Great Lakes restoration – 97 percent cut
· Chesapeake Bay – 93 percent cut
· Puget Sound – 93 percent cut
· Gulf of Mexico – 78 percent cut
And this is only a partial list; there are many more proposed EPA cuts beyond the ones I’ve listed here. The numbers are terrifying, and I’m asking you to do everything in your power to make sure these draconian cuts don’t actually happen. The Trump Administration is still working to finalize its budget, so the numbers here aren’t necessarily final. And once the administration does submit a final FY2018 budget, it’s up to Congress to actually determine the final funding levels. At the end of the day, Congress gets to decide.
As one specific example, I’d just like to highlight the proposal to completely eliminate beach water quality testing – just months before beach season. This cut isn’t a crackdown on overzealous regulators, it’s the elimination of funding that goes directly to states to help monitor our beaches and keep our families and children safe. And it appears that the administration is not just planning on reducing funding for beach water quality testing, it’s planning on totally eliminating it. ZERO dollars. Apparently, the health of our children and families isn’t worth the money.
Our country can, and must, do better. The health and safety of our families and coastal communities is too important. As my representative in Congress, I’m asking you to take a clear stance opposing these funding cuts, and to do everything possible to make sure they don’t become a reality.
We need you to stand up for America’s beaches, waterways, and coastal communities.
Carl Junction, MO 64834
Updated by Brad Plumer@email@example.com Jan 23, 2017, 11:10am EST … 1) Obama’s executive orders on the environment can be canceled with a stroke of a pen. … 4) Trump and Congress can chip away at the EPA through budget cuts. … The GOP has long been attacking many of Obama’s energy and …
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Jan 5, 2017 – Republican leaders are using a complicated quirk of the budget process … “I do think there’s a danger of the Republicans actually owning this.
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Top Republican says Trump’s budget plan ‘dead on arrival’. 28 February 2017 … by gutting other programmes including foreign aid and the environmental agency. … and development alongside defense are critical to keeping America safe.”.
I would like to express my concern about H. J. Res. 44, which would overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new land use planning rule, Planning 2.0. I believe public input is an integral part of determining the future of our public lands and implore you to oppose this resolution.
Planning 2.0 has expanded opportunities for stakeholders to learn about and comment on the development of land use plans at early stages. This means that states and counties, scientists, ranchers, hunters and anglers, miners, hikers, boaters, the energy industry, and other users of public lands can know more about what a plan would do and express their hopes and concerns about it.
Planning 2.0 also includes steps to ensure that important fish and wildlife habitats, such as migration corridors and intact ecosystems, are identified early in the planning process so they can be managed and conserved as the agency makes decisions about development, recreation, and other public land uses.
The rule also includes good government provisions, such as the potential for improved interagency communication, and allows for other efficiencies to reduce red tape and expedite informed decision-making.
Increased public participation ensures that the BLM has the best available information at the start of the planning process, before issuing draft management plans. I urge you to oppose H. J. Res. 44.