H. R. 5895, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019.

This bill Provides FY2019 appropriations for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works projects, the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy (DOE), and independent agencies such as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”

Why This Bill Is Against Our Values:

“Our organizations, along with our millions of members and supporters, urge you to oppose all anti-environmental riders proposed for inclusion in the FY 2019 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, including Section 108 which would repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Section 108 is a radical rider that would eliminate the vital safeguards of the Clean Water Rule for the waters that feed the drinking water of 117 million people and protect streams, headwaters, wetlands and other water bodies that serve as habitat for wildlife, reduce flooding risk, and naturally filter pollution. The dangerous provision would subvert the entire rulemaking process by disregarding public input, including the over 1.5 million comments submitted in support of the Rule and opposing attempts to roll it back. Additionally, it would ignore the strong scientific foundation for the Rule and would return Clean Water Act jurisdiction to an inconsistent and uncertain regulatory scheme, which stakeholders across the board have said is unworkable. This rider is nothing but an attempt by some in Congress to use the inappropriate venue of the appropriations process to help the administration with their reckless, unpopular, and failing effort to decimate clean water protections.” (Source: Clean Water Action, Letter to Congress)

“Instead of following regular order and debating and amending the Military Construction-Veterans Affairs, Energy and Water, and Legislative Branch bills separately, Republican leadership is forcing us to consider them together. This broken process has a simple aim: Republicans are using America’s veterans as pawns to force through cuts to clean energy research and harmful policy provisions that weaken environmental safeguards.'” (Source: Congresswoman Nita Lowey)

“…It is disappointing that the Majority has jeopardized the possibility of a bipartisan bill by adding ideological riders that are anti-environment, including gutting the Clean Water Act and overturning a court decision meant to protect endangered fish species, in addition to allowing guns on public lands. We should not have to remind our Majority colleagues that similar provisions have imperiled passage of this bill in the past, and that these riders cannot be included in any legislation that requires bipartisan support to pass. Yet they continue not only to include the same riders year after year, but this year brings a new, unnecessary version of a Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rider while introducing a new provision legislating an ongoing court case, both poison pills. These issues inject divisive partisan issues into must- pass spending bills, a recipe for chaos when Congress attempts to keep the government open for business.” (Source: Committee on Appropriations, Report 115-697)

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