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House Majority Launches Attack on Science, Public Health, and the Environment

Continuing Resolution Launches Attacks on Science

Many members of the House majority are using “fiscal responsibility” as a Trojan horse to gut scientific initiatives they have long opposed. The House has passed the Continuing Resolution (CR) spending bill to fund government operations for the rest of this fiscal year, which includes extreme budget cuts that effectively launch a concerted attack on science and the environment, as well as public health and consumer protection.

Veto Looms

The bill will now go to the Senate, which has already indicated that such extreme cuts are unacceptable. Additionally, President Obama has already vowed to veto any bill that blocks the EPA’s power to enforce greenhouse gas regulations under the endangerment finding, one of the many attacks on science and the environment included in the bill. A veto could trigger a repeat of the government shutdown that occurred in 1995 under the Clinton administration.

“Crippling the government’s scientific programs that keep our air clean, our water safe, and protect our children from toxic pollution won’t make these threats go away,” said Lexi Shultz, legislative director at UCS’s Climate and Energy Program. “Voters did not send their representatives to Washington to undermine health and environmental protections.”

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