Omnibus spending bill environment attacks revealed
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congressional negotiators have released the text of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that must pass this week to avert a government shutdown. The omnibus package includes numerous anti-environment policy riders, including provisions that would block endangered species protections, limit restrictions on overseas coal financing, and lift the crude oil export ban.
Friends of the Earth Climate and Energy Campaigner Lukas Ross issued the following statement is response:
This proposal is toxic. Polluters and their champions in Congress are using the budget process to launch an assault on decades of bedrock environmental law. This is the wrong choice for clean air and a livable climate.
The budget process continues to be hostage to extraneous policy demands. Funding basic government services shouldn’t involve bartering away basic environmental protections. Riders on everything from international coal finance to the crude oil export ban simply have no place in a spending bill.