Chair Pingree Statement to Rules Committee on Six-Bill Appropriations Minibus

2022-07-18 14:20

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chair Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) today delivered the following remarks to the House Rules Committee in support of an appropriate rule for the House to consider H.R. 8294, a minibus of six fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills:

Chairman McGovern, Ranking Member Cole, and Members of the Rules Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the FY 2023 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

I want to thank the chair of the full committee, Ms. DeLauro, for her outstanding leadership that she has provided to this committee.

The fiscal year 2023 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill provides a total of $44.8 billion dollars. This is an increase of $6.8 billion dollars over last year’s enacted level, which is an 18 percent increase. Last year, we made unprecedented investments to fight the climate crisis, return science as the foundation for decision-making, dedicate the highest level of federal funding to the arts and humanities ever, and continue our commitment to tribal nations.

This bill continues to build on those successes. Through the investments made in this bill, our country will be better positioned to confront the climate crisis.

Investments in this bill, such as the 15 percent increase for the land management agencies, will be meaningful for climate adaptation and resiliency efforts on our public lands. The bill also invests in renewable energy, both on and offshore, to provide opportunities for growth in this sector – creating good-paying American jobs. And we make historic investments for science and environmental protection, providing the funding necessary to build a strong EPA.

In addition to these critical investments to protect our natural resources, the bill also includes strong funding for cultural resources by fostering the Arts and Humanities. The bill provides $414 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. These funds benefit all of our districts and are a positive tool for economic development, education, and community building.

And finally, this bill supports Native American families by investing in a strong and resilient Indian Country, including through education and health care programs. This is a strong bill. Through its investments, the Interior bill takes a whole-of-government approach to secure a safe and habitable world for future generations. 

I urge my colleague’s support and yield back. Again, I thank you and the Members of the Rules Committee for the opportunity to testify on the bill.

117th Congress