Budget Gimmicks Plunder Public Lands, Taxpayer Pockets

Written by Natural Resources Defense Council

The United States Senate passed its budget resolution yesterday, prying open the door to massive cuts to funding for critical public safeguards from food safety to protections for America’s public lands and oceans. Republican Leadership and its oil industry allies also narrowly defeated an amendment that would have rejected a budget gimmick that provides a blank check to the Senate and House Natural Resources Committees that puts the nation’s parks, wilderness areas, and publicly-owned ocean waters on the chopping block.

As I recently wrote, this budget provision instructs the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee to identify $1 billion

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