E: Newsletter - Protecting Our Environment
This week President Trump announced details about his first budget outline. Unfortunately, the President is focused on the wrong priorities and the wrong solutions. He believes that increasing military spending by more than $50 billion, while taking massive cuts out of environmental priorities to cover a small portion of that increase, is the way to solve our nation’s problems.
Over the last several years, we have made tremendous strides towards protecting our environment for future generation. This includes the Clean Power Plan, which is the single most significant step the U.S. has taken to reduce carbon pollution and take action on climate change. Our country took a leading role in negotiating the Paris Agreement, ensuring that nations around the world would join the U.S. in combatting climate change. Those advancements would have been impossible without a well-functioning and adequately funded EPA and State Department – both of which face deep cuts if the President gets his budget enacted.
Revoking the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement has been a common refrain for the President. If that happens, we will continue to suffer from increasing sea level rise, more frequent and intense natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy, and longer periods of drought, and other harmful effects on public health, commerce, and the environment.
Beyond those major setbacks, the President’s proposal to cut the EPA by approximately 20-25 percent would severely weaken the agency and make it impossible to adequately ensure clean air, safe drinking water, and cleanup of toxic waste sites. There are so vital to New Jersey.
Throughout my career, I have worked to strengthen the EPA and I am proud of the progress we have made to protect our communities from pollution. I have supported the Superfund program, which benefits communities by cleaning up polluted sites in New Jersey and throughout the country. Additionally, last year, I helped lead the effort to convince the Department of the Interior to not authorize offshore oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean.
I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that we do not move backwards on these efforts to protect the environment. We owe it to our children and grandchildren.
If you have a moment, please respond to this email or contact my office to share your thoughts on our environmental policy. It is my job to represent you and I want to make sure that your views are taken into account while I’m fighting on your behalf.