House Panel's Spending Bill Threatens Public Health Protections

NRDC: Gratuitous Policy Riders Have No place in Budget Plan

WASHINGTON (July 6, 2011) – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior and the Environment today unveiled a proposed fiscal 2012 spending bill that would threaten basic environmental protections across the board, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The following is a statement by Scott Slesinger, NRDC’s legislative director:

“This is a contract on America masquerading as a spending bill. It’s nothing short of a declaration of war on our most basic health protections. It would do away with fundamental safeguards that keep our air, water and lands clean. Worse than making deep budget cuts, the bill is chock full of gratuitous policy riders that are unprecedented in number and scope. They have no place in a budget -- or anywhere else.”