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house Bill H.R. 5538

$32 Billion for Federal Land Management and the EPA

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This bill provides enough funding for the Dept. of the Interior and the EPA to carry out their responsibilities and address concerns such as lead in communities’ drinking water.

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07/11/2016
This is our God-given legacy. It is forever and cannot be restored once it's gone. We must care for it.
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Ethan's Opinion
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07/14/2016
The hell is wrong with you people. We need to take care of our environment god dammit.
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/05/2016
This bill has some good things going for it: (1.) It reins in federal bureaucracy to stop many harmful and unnecessary regulations that destroy economic opportunity and kill jobs. (2.) The EPA would receive $7.98 billion for fiscal year 2017, which is $164 million less than it got in the prior year and is $291 million less than the president’s budget request. (3.) Regulatory programs would see their funds decrease by 6 percent (a $43 million drop) to a level that’s $187 million less than what the president’s request was. Staff levels at the EPA would be capped at the current 15,000 positions, blocking an increase proposed by the president. (4.) It addresses drinking water safety and infrastructure. As for the increase of $71 million for the NPS from the previous year, IMO, they don't deserve it! BREAK THIS BILL UP! IT'S OUTRAGEOUS TO CRAM SO MANY THINGS INTO ONE BILL! I would like to once again draw your attention to the following article: H/T to Operaman At 100 Years, National Parks Plagued By ‘Exacerbating Corruption’ And A $12 Billion Backlog By MICHAEL BASTASCH; 08/25/2016 EXCERPT: The Daily Caller News Foundation has listed a few big management issues facing the government: 1. ‘Exacerbating Corruption’ Interior Department inspector general investigations have found some agency employees were less than ethical while in office. The IG recently reported the former head of the Bureau of Land Management (#BLM), Bob Abbey, stood to profit from the sale of federal land to a client of his old consulting firm. The IG had evidence Abbey “stood to benefit personally from the sale” of the land, and he was “personally and substantially involved in the pre-sale process.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/why-did-the-feds-wait-for-a-major-holiday-weekend-to-make-this-announcement/ The Department of Justice, however, declined to prosecute Abbey for trying to profit off his public office. Republican Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert said the IG’s report was “further evidence of exacerbating corruption within the Department of the Interior.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/rep-gohmert-evidence-of-exacerbating-corruption-at-interior-dept/ The #DOJ also declined to prosecute a U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service (FWS) employee who was secretly on the payroll of a prominent environmental lobbying group. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/08/feds-wont-prosecute-govt-employee-quitely-taking-money-from-a-lobbying-group-that-got-millions-from-taxpayers/ FWS employee Stephen Barton did not disclose taking $377,000 from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (#WAFWA) from 2004 to 2014. FWS awarded WAFWA about $3 million in taxpayer grants while Barton worked as a double-agent for environmentalists. 2. $12 Billion In The Hole Jewell may be celebrating the creation of a new national monument in Maine, but her cheer glosses over the fact that the National Parks Service is burdened by a whopping $12 billion maintenance backlog. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/plandesignconstruct/defermain.htm NPS’s deferred maintenance backlog has grown from nearly $10 billion to $12 billion under Obama as more lands are brought under federal control. Obama has used the Antiquities Act to bring more land under federal control than any other president. http://www.npr.org/2016/03/08/466461595/national-parks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-costs “Limited resources are siphoned to new acquisitions while the Service’s $12 billion maintenance backlog is ignored,” Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop said in a statement on NPS’s anniversary. “For a park to fulfill the measure of its creation, people have to see it,” he said. “This backlog and management failure limits visits and recreational access.” Bishop, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, introduced a bill to give more funding to NPS to deal with its growing maintenance backlog. It passed out of committee and is waiting to be voted on by the House. 3. Wasting Millions Of Dollars Interior has also been criticized for wasting million of taxpayer dollars on cell phones and projects that haven’t been finished. The IG’s office reported in June that Interior wasted “tens of thousands of dollars on unused mobile devices,” like cell phones and tablets. “Assuming the bureaus continue with the current cellular plans for the next three years, spending on unused mobile devices would exceed $1.7 million,” the IG continued. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/30/federal-agency-to-spend-1-7-million-on-cell-phones-it-wont-use/ That’s only the tip of the iceberg. In March, Gohmert revealed Interior had spent $50 million in more than a decade on a law enforcement database that hadn’t been finished. http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/17/interior-dept-spent-15-million-on-a-crime-database-that-doesnt-work/ “This is government incompetence rivaled only by the roll-out of the Obamacare website,” Gohmert said in a March hearing. “This is government waste, fraud and abuse to the extreme,” Gohmert said. 4. Resource Management Obama’s Interior Department is known for gobbling up U.S. lands, but it’s not known for using them productively. When Obama took office in 2009, U.S. federal lands produced 18.8 quadrillion British thermal units (btus) worth of energy. By 2014, federal lands only produced 15.9 quadrillion btus of energy, according to federal data. https://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/pdf/eia-federallandsales.pdf Fossil fuel production on federal lands is predicted to continue to stagnate for at least the next couple of years because of the administration’s moratorium on new coal leases. Interior won’t accept any new coal mineral leases until it figures out how much more companies should pay to mine government minerals. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/30/new-federal-rule-strikes-another-devastating-blow-against-coal-industry/ Environmentalists were excited by the news, but the coal industry and the communities across the country that support it, unsurprisingly, saw the moratorium as the next step in the so-called “war on coal.” 5. Park Rangers With Machine Guns, Flashbangs The Interior IG also caught National Park rangers buying machine guns and flashbang grenades. Reports of heavy weapons also comes as complaints of rangers increasingly using force against park visitors. “In FY 2015, we issued a management advisory to the NPS Director when we found that law enforcement rangers had purchased automatic weapons and ‘flashbang’ distraction devices, in violation of NPS policy,” the IG reported, “indicating that NPS continues to struggle with weapons accountability issues.” http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/19/national-park-rangers-bought-automatic-weapons-and-flashbangs/ The IG also reported law enforcement officials are increasingly at odds with national park visitors, and “has experienced a recent increase in complaints concerning law enforcement personnel, many of them involving use of force incidents.” Investigators reported again in 2016 that “a supervisory park ranger arranged for the purchase of Colt M-4 fully automatic rifles” between 2008 and 2010.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/15/park-rangers-have-automatic-rifles-and-flashbangs/ “Park rangers bought nine of these rifles and allowed them to be carried around on duty for three years before being converted to only fire semi-automatic,” the IG reported. The IG also found that “the supervisory park ranger admitted to purchasing and distributing the automatic weapons despite knowing that they violated NPS policy,” and “admitted telling rangers who received the automatic rifles not to display them to others.” The park official also “admitted to, at a minimum, not making it clear to his supervisors that the automatic weapons needed to be converted to semiautomatics.” “The supervisory park ranger told us that in the interest of ‘officer safety’ he allowed full-time park rangers at MNP to carry the fully automatic rifles with them in their patrol vehicles,” the IG reported. Follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org. http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/25/at-100-years-national-parks-plagued-by-exacerbating-corruption-and-a-12-billion-backlog/
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Argument opposed

There’s too many ideological provisions in this bill, like those aimed at undercutting the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and enforce the Clean Water Act.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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07/01/2016
This bill is packed with riders to destroy what progress has been made on the environment. If we stand by and let this become law, it means the EPA can’t set limits on power plant carbon pollution. It means the Department of the Interior can’t protect streams from coal mine runoff. It delists gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act. It blocks enforcement of lead paint safety laws. It shreds dozens of bedrock environmental protections.
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Ronald's Opinion
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07/12/2016
The allocation is too low. Funding should be restored to the Presidents original request.
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BTSundra's Opinion
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07/11/2016
Abolish the EPA and return the power rightfully to the states.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed July 14th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 231 Yea / 196 Nay
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      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 21st, 2016

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    This is our God-given legacy. It is forever and cannot be restored once it's gone. We must care for it.
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    This bill is packed with riders to destroy what progress has been made on the environment. If we stand by and let this become law, it means the EPA can’t set limits on power plant carbon pollution. It means the Department of the Interior can’t protect streams from coal mine runoff. It delists gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act. It blocks enforcement of lead paint safety laws. It shreds dozens of bedrock environmental protections.
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    The allocation is too low. Funding should be restored to the Presidents original request.
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    The hell is wrong with you people. We need to take care of our environment god dammit.
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    Abolish the EPA and return the power rightfully to the states.
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    With climate change causing so many problems, we can't weaken the EPA any further. It needs more funding and more power to ensure that those who degrade our environment and put our people in danger don't get away with it.
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    "Nay," because this budget is way too low. Flush this bill down the toilet and get us a better one. Classic Republicans cutting non-defense budgets so that they can tell their constituents they saved them 1¢ on their taxes. SMH
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    This bill has some good things going for it: (1.) It reins in federal bureaucracy to stop many harmful and unnecessary regulations that destroy economic opportunity and kill jobs. (2.) The EPA would receive $7.98 billion for fiscal year 2017, which is $164 million less than it got in the prior year and is $291 million less than the president’s budget request. (3.) Regulatory programs would see their funds decrease by 6 percent (a $43 million drop) to a level that’s $187 million less than what the president’s request was. Staff levels at the EPA would be capped at the current 15,000 positions, blocking an increase proposed by the president. (4.) It addresses drinking water safety and infrastructure. As for the increase of $71 million for the NPS from the previous year, IMO, they don't deserve it! BREAK THIS BILL UP! IT'S OUTRAGEOUS TO CRAM SO MANY THINGS INTO ONE BILL! I would like to once again draw your attention to the following article: H/T to Operaman At 100 Years, National Parks Plagued By ‘Exacerbating Corruption’ And A $12 Billion Backlog By MICHAEL BASTASCH; 08/25/2016 EXCERPT: The Daily Caller News Foundation has listed a few big management issues facing the government: 1. ‘Exacerbating Corruption’ Interior Department inspector general investigations have found some agency employees were less than ethical while in office. The IG recently reported the former head of the Bureau of Land Management (#BLM), Bob Abbey, stood to profit from the sale of federal land to a client of his old consulting firm. The IG had evidence Abbey “stood to benefit personally from the sale” of the land, and he was “personally and substantially involved in the pre-sale process.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/why-did-the-feds-wait-for-a-major-holiday-weekend-to-make-this-announcement/ The Department of Justice, however, declined to prosecute Abbey for trying to profit off his public office. Republican Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert said the IG’s report was “further evidence of exacerbating corruption within the Department of the Interior.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/01/rep-gohmert-evidence-of-exacerbating-corruption-at-interior-dept/ The #DOJ also declined to prosecute a U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service (FWS) employee who was secretly on the payroll of a prominent environmental lobbying group. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/08/feds-wont-prosecute-govt-employee-quitely-taking-money-from-a-lobbying-group-that-got-millions-from-taxpayers/ FWS employee Stephen Barton did not disclose taking $377,000 from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (#WAFWA) from 2004 to 2014. FWS awarded WAFWA about $3 million in taxpayer grants while Barton worked as a double-agent for environmentalists. 2. $12 Billion In The Hole Jewell may be celebrating the creation of a new national monument in Maine, but her cheer glosses over the fact that the National Parks Service is burdened by a whopping $12 billion maintenance backlog. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/plandesignconstruct/defermain.htm NPS’s deferred maintenance backlog has grown from nearly $10 billion to $12 billion under Obama as more lands are brought under federal control. Obama has used the Antiquities Act to bring more land under federal control than any other president. http://www.npr.org/2016/03/08/466461595/national-parks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-costs “Limited resources are siphoned to new acquisitions while the Service’s $12 billion maintenance backlog is ignored,” Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop said in a statement on NPS’s anniversary. “For a park to fulfill the measure of its creation, people have to see it,” he said. “This backlog and management failure limits visits and recreational access.” Bishop, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, introduced a bill to give more funding to NPS to deal with its growing maintenance backlog. It passed out of committee and is waiting to be voted on by the House. 3. Wasting Millions Of Dollars Interior has also been criticized for wasting million of taxpayer dollars on cell phones and projects that haven’t been finished. The IG’s office reported in June that Interior wasted “tens of thousands of dollars on unused mobile devices,” like cell phones and tablets. “Assuming the bureaus continue with the current cellular plans for the next three years, spending on unused mobile devices would exceed $1.7 million,” the IG continued. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/30/federal-agency-to-spend-1-7-million-on-cell-phones-it-wont-use/ That’s only the tip of the iceberg. In March, Gohmert revealed Interior had spent $50 million in more than a decade on a law enforcement database that hadn’t been finished. http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/17/interior-dept-spent-15-million-on-a-crime-database-that-doesnt-work/ “This is government incompetence rivaled only by the roll-out of the Obamacare website,” Gohmert said in a March hearing. “This is government waste, fraud and abuse to the extreme,” Gohmert said. 4. Resource Management Obama’s Interior Department is known for gobbling up U.S. lands, but it’s not known for using them productively. When Obama took office in 2009, U.S. federal lands produced 18.8 quadrillion British thermal units (btus) worth of energy. By 2014, federal lands only produced 15.9 quadrillion btus of energy, according to federal data. https://www.eia.gov/analysis/requests/federallands/pdf/eia-federallandsales.pdf Fossil fuel production on federal lands is predicted to continue to stagnate for at least the next couple of years because of the administration’s moratorium on new coal leases. Interior won’t accept any new coal mineral leases until it figures out how much more companies should pay to mine government minerals. http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/30/new-federal-rule-strikes-another-devastating-blow-against-coal-industry/ Environmentalists were excited by the news, but the coal industry and the communities across the country that support it, unsurprisingly, saw the moratorium as the next step in the so-called “war on coal.” 5. Park Rangers With Machine Guns, Flashbangs The Interior IG also caught National Park rangers buying machine guns and flashbang grenades. Reports of heavy weapons also comes as complaints of rangers increasingly using force against park visitors. “In FY 2015, we issued a management advisory to the NPS Director when we found that law enforcement rangers had purchased automatic weapons and ‘flashbang’ distraction devices, in violation of NPS policy,” the IG reported, “indicating that NPS continues to struggle with weapons accountability issues.” http://dailycaller.com/2015/11/19/national-park-rangers-bought-automatic-weapons-and-flashbangs/ The IG also reported law enforcement officials are increasingly at odds with national park visitors, and “has experienced a recent increase in complaints concerning law enforcement personnel, many of them involving use of force incidents.” Investigators reported again in 2016 that “a supervisory park ranger arranged for the purchase of Colt M-4 fully automatic rifles” between 2008 and 2010.” http://dailycaller.com/2016/01/15/park-rangers-have-automatic-rifles-and-flashbangs/ “Park rangers bought nine of these rifles and allowed them to be carried around on duty for three years before being converted to only fire semi-automatic,” the IG reported. The IG also found that “the supervisory park ranger admitted to purchasing and distributing the automatic weapons despite knowing that they violated NPS policy,” and “admitted telling rangers who received the automatic rifles not to display them to others.” The park official also “admitted to, at a minimum, not making it clear to his supervisors that the automatic weapons needed to be converted to semiautomatics.” “The supervisory park ranger told us that in the interest of ‘officer safety’ he allowed full-time park rangers at MNP to carry the fully automatic rifles with them in their patrol vehicles,” the IG reported. Follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact licensing@dailycallernewsfoundation.org. http://dailycaller.com/2016/08/25/at-100-years-national-parks-plagued-by-exacerbating-corruption-and-a-12-billion-backlog/
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    And why is the EPA on a Land Management bill? Sounds like the EPA/WH is sneaking a end run around congress. Can't balance their budget, so it's added into BLM budget.
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    As the first step in addressing the huge National debt, Congress must reduce the discretionary spending of government to no more than receipts. The amount appropriated should be reduced by the percentage amount this year's total spending exceeds gross tax revenue. That will require a reduction in the proposed amount by $320 Billion. Do your job!
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    Remove the language preventing EPA from regulating plant exhaust and plant water waste.
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    This bill provides less than the previous year's budget, and less than the budget proposed by President Obama. Furthermore, it includes provisions that will specifically prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from taking adequate measures to, y'know, protect the environment. There is a near unanimous agreement amongst the scientific community that climate change is real, imminently dangerous and caused by human activity. Preventing environmental disaster is unequivocally the MOST important place to put our resources - this is the one area that should never, ever, no matter what be underfunded.
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    This is not that far off from a reasonable bipartisan compromise. Reducing funding for regulatory purposes is unacceptable. Compromise at sustained levels from last year. Clean water is critical, how ironic is it to reduce regulatory powers while increasing funding to address the lead water crisis which is a result of minimal regulation?
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    It seems as though this bill is just disguised as an environmentally friendly one.
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    The EPA needs to be fully funded
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    We need to reduce the federal government's role in federal land management and ownership, not subsidize it.
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    What the HE** do the National Endowments for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institute have to do with the EPA?
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    Stop giving more money to Big Government!!! They will take what they want from you anyway..even if it's by Murder!!
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    The EPA budget is excessive and its war on coal and climate change projects are excessive.
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    This government spends too much money. Let's show some restraint, for a change.
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