Chair DeLauro Statement at Full Committee Markup of Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill

2021-07-01 13:46

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, delivered the following remarks at the Committee's markup of the fiscal year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill:

Congratulations to Chair Pingree and Ranking Member Joyce for the bill before us. I want to thank you for your hard work and your dedication to this Committee, this institution, and, above all, to your constituents.

The work of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee touches on so many aspects of our national life.

Its simple mission is becoming increasingly more challenging as big corporations and special interests pollute our air, water, and our land, thereby worsening the climate crisis.

This presents us with an opportunity to build a green economy and create new, good-paying American jobs. This bill helps achieve that by providing $45 million for renewable energy development, $213 million for a national initiative to reclaim abandoned mines and cap orphan oil and gas wells, and it provides funding for the Administration’s Civilian Climate Corps, which will be crucial in our ongoing efforts to reduce emissions and to fight climate change.

This bill also provides for the tremendous natural resources of our nation, many of which sustain us and keep our communities and economy strong.

“One such resource is the Long Island Sound, which is located off the coast of Southern Connecticut. I would like to say a thank you to the Chair and Ranking Member for the inclusion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Geographic Program. This program continues to help restore and protect the Long Island Sound as a national treasure.

Moreover, it is long past time for big corporations and special interests to be held accountable for putting the future and legacy of these resources in jeopardy. With $599 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental enforcement initiatives, the bill helps ensure our environmental laws are enforced and that polluters are made to pay for the damage they cause. Unfortunately, many of these damages, including the political, social, and environmental impacts they cause – disproportionately affect communities of color. That is why I am particularly grateful for this bill’s focus on environmental justice and addressing pollution in these communities.

I am also glad that this bill will help ensure equity and justice by honoring our treaty and trust obligations to Tribal communities, including $12.45 billion to support Native American families by expanding investments in education and health programs.

Again, I am grateful to Chair Pingree, Ranking Member Joyce, and to all the subcommittee, Front Office and personal office staff – for their hard work. And I urge my colleagues to support this bill. Thank you.”

117th Congress