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house Bill H.R. 266

$35.8 Billion to Fund National Parks, Land Management Agencies, and the EPA

Argument in favor

This bipartisan bill would fully fund the National Park Service, other federal land management agencies, and the Environmental Protection Agency for the rest of FY2019 — all of which are currently affected by the partial government shutdown.

Merry458's Opinion
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01/11/2019
The government serves the people. It should do so all day, every day. I would like to see a bill to keep this kind of ridiculousness from ever happening again.
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Ken's Opinion
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01/11/2019
Now this makes a whole lot more sense than building a wall. Helping people vs. harming people. What happened to the golden rule. Please don't let the Trump affect turn you into a scrooge.
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IllWill's Opinion
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01/11/2019
Trump and the far right have held the government hostage for their stupid vanity project. Our national parks need to be cleaned up, repaired, and maintained after all the trash that has built up. The EPA needs to be refunded so that we can continue to protect our environment! This country doesn’t need protection from immigrants. We need protection from our insane President!
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Argument opposed

While this bill may be bipartisan, it has no chance of becoming law unless a deal is struck on border security. Congress should focus its time and effort on reaching an overarching funding compromise.

ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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01/11/2019
Protect our borders! Stop trying to get around the shutdown! Fund the wall and then fund everything else as needed. Do your job and protect our country!
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01/11/2019
No, you give me my money back, and then I will decide how worthy each agency is of my money based on how much I value the good or service they offer. Just like I do with every transaction in the free market. I don't need you stealing my money and then spending it for me. I'm quite capable of doing my own spending.
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JTJ's Opinion
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01/11/2019
Nothing in this bill is constitutional. Every issue here is more efficiently managed by its respective state.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed January 11th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 240 Yea / 179 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 266?

This bill would provide a total of $35.853 billion in FY19 funding for the Dept. of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies. A breakdown of its various provisions can be found below.

Dept. of the Interior (DOI): A total of $13.109 billion would be provided for the DOI, including full funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes program that compensates local governments with untaxable federal property in their jurisdiction for the lost revenue opportunity.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM): A total of $1.34 billion in FY19 funding would go to the BLM, an increase of $11 million from the year prior. Funds would go to administering energy and minerals programs while investing in public land management.

National Park Service (NPS): $3.21 billion in FY19 funding would be provided to NPS, up $13.4 million from the prior year to address a backlog of construction, maintenance, and operate new park units. That’d include $23 million for the Centennial Challenge grant program, which provides matching grants to address backlog maintenance and other needs in national parks.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS): A total of $1.57 billion would be provided for the FWS, a decrease of $19.7 million from the prior year. Within the total, increased funding would be available for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, while operation of fish hatcheries would be maintained. The prohibition on listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species would continue.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): A total of $1.148 billion in FY19 funding would be provided to USGS, equal to the prior year. Within the total, increased funding would go toward energy and mineral resources, mapping, natural hazards, and water resources.

Indian Health Service (IHS): This section would provide $5.77 billion in FY19 funding for the IHS, an increase of $234 million from the prior year. Within the total, additional funding would be focused on combating opioid abuse, suicide prevention, domestic violence prevention, and alcohol and substance abuse problems. Funds would also be included for infrastructure improvements to healthcare facilities and $115 million would go to staffing new facilities.

Bureau of Indian Affairs & Bureau of Indian Education (BIA/BIE): This section would provide $3.07 billion in FY19 funding for BIA & BIE, an increase of $11.4 million from the prior year. Increases from the prior year for human services and natural resource programs are continued as well as public safety and justice programs. Construction activities and projects would receive $359 million, an increase of $5 million.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): This section would provide $8.058 billion in FY19 funding for the EPA, equal to its funding for the prior year, including:

  • $2.86 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds program, an increase from the prior year.

  • $63 million would go to the Water Infrastructure Finance Act program, allowing billions in loans to finance water infrastructure.

  • An increase of $17 million for categorical grant programs which help states implement various environmental regulations.

An existing policy prohibiting the EPA from regulating certain types of lead ammunition and fishing tackle would be maintained.

U.S. Forest Service (USFS): This section would provide $6.29 billion in FY19 funding for the USFS, including increased funding to fight wildfire. A $5 million increase would be provided for hazardous fuels reduction.to prevent catastrophic wildfires in the wildland-urban interface.

Wildland Firefighting: This section would provide $4.345 billion to fight wildland fire, representing the 10-year average of fire suppression costs plus an additional $900 million in anticipation of regular funding being insufficient. Within the total, $724 million would go to the Forest Service and $176 million to the Dept. of the Interior.

Impact

The EPA; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 266

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) offered the following statement on the introduction of this bill to fund interior & environment programs:

“This week, the House will consider the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill as a standalone measure. This bill funds the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Passing it will ensure that America’s National Parks can fully reopen. Because of the Trump Shutdown, some of the most important activities funded in the Interior-Environment bill have ground to a halt.”

National Parks have remained open during the government shutdown, though excessive waste being left by visitors caused Joshua Tree National Park in southern California to close temporarily.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have said that no funding bills will become law unless the $5.7 billion border security funding request is included.

House Democrats passed a version of this bill as part of a $271 billion “minibus” funding package that funded all agencies impacted by the government shutdown (except for Homeland Security) on the first day of the 116th Congress.

A similar version of this legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee on a 31-0 vote as a standalone bill during the last Congress. It was then added to a broader “minibus” funding package that passed the Senate as a whole on a 92-6 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / Riishede)

AKA

Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019

Official Title

Making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

    The government serves the people. It should do so all day, every day. I would like to see a bill to keep this kind of ridiculousness from ever happening again.
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    Protect our borders! Stop trying to get around the shutdown! Fund the wall and then fund everything else as needed. Do your job and protect our country!
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    Now this makes a whole lot more sense than building a wall. Helping people vs. harming people. What happened to the golden rule. Please don't let the Trump affect turn you into a scrooge.
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    Trump and the far right have held the government hostage for their stupid vanity project. Our national parks need to be cleaned up, repaired, and maintained after all the trash that has built up. The EPA needs to be refunded so that we can continue to protect our environment! This country doesn’t need protection from immigrants. We need protection from our insane President!
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    Open the government. I have family who work for the park service who aren’t able to pay bills because of this shutdown. Don’t hold these families hostage over a debate that has nothing to do with them. You have to resort to these slimeball tactics because you lost the election and now can’t get your wall. It’s time to respect the will of the people and how they voted in 2018. You’ll need to regain the majority in 2020 and get enough seats in the Senate and win the Presidency in 2020 to get the Wall you so badly want.
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    Please reopen the government. A wall isn’t worth this. You can squabble about border security while still keeping the government funded.
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    No, you give me my money back, and then I will decide how worthy each agency is of my money based on how much I value the good or service they offer. Just like I do with every transaction in the free market. I don't need you stealing my money and then spending it for me. I'm quite capable of doing my own spending.
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    Nothing in this bill is constitutional. Every issue here is more efficiently managed by its respective state.
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    Open the government. Pay the people the wages they are owed. Save the “security theatre” for later where we can have an honest debate.
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    Nope. Fund border security first!
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    Can we bypass impeachment and just go straight to trump, his family and some of the republicans to jail! This shutdown is a political stunt To distract the Americans, at the federal and subcontractors employees expense. This is nothing but BS. There is no reason for this shutdown, the art of deal is nothing but lies! It should be called corrosion, extortion and intimidation, gee sounds like the Russian mob. There is no Negotiation. Trump doesn’t know how to Negotiate. If you think these people deserve this, you are as sick as trump, but that is how he treated his employees, just look at this turn over in the White House and the investigation into his paying the immigrate that work for him or the lack of. He did care about the employees that work for him in the private sector and he definitely does care about government employees or you.
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    Yep! Disconnect the DHS argument from the unrelated departments. Get the government open and stop holding nearly a million civil service personnel and their families hostage!
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    Greatly needed funding for parks and the environment.
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    We have so much debt we need to slow the spending. This isn’t about the wall this is about the fact government spending has outpaced inflation and revenue increases since the 1960’s!
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    Rep. Baird as my elected Representative in Congress I expect you to vote for this bill and reopen the Federal Government now! No Border Wall! There is NO crisis on our southern border!!!!
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    Please stop holding federal workers and government functions hostage to a wall we do not need, that will not work and that majority of Americans oppose.
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    Stop the shutdown. Fund the things you’ve already broken.
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    The parks will need more money to clean up after the shutdown.
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    Oh those liberal socialists hypocrites democrats (progressives). Acting like there doing there jobs after years of being obstructionists.
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