10/28/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/28/2021 12:15
Washington, D.C. - Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) expressed his support for the revised reconciliation agreement released today, highlighting several key measures-including an end to new offshore fossil fuel drilling in most federal waters, funding for coastal restoration and resiliency, and enhanced funding for climate adaptation and wildfire management on public lands-that he and Democrats on the Committee successfully pushed throughout the negotiating process. The Committee on Sept. 9 approved its portion of the reconciliation package, and much of the budgetary vision expressed in that version remains intact in the agreement released today.
Other measures supported by the Committee and included in today's version include money for nationwide environmental justice mapping, to be handled by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and funding for stronger community input in the National Environmental Policy Act scoping process for projects with a major environmental impact.
Grijalva said the bill released today significantly invests in federal climate and economic policy on several important fronts, prioritizing sustainable development over long-term fossil fuel reliance and extending federal assistance in regions already badly hurt by climate change.
"Our country and our political culture desperately need to take our environmental needs more seriously, and this is the start of a longer effort to build the America we know is possible," Grijalva said today. "For far too many of us, droughts, wildfires, crop failures and hurricanes are now the central facts of our lives, and we need sustained national leadership and long-term investments to confront that reality head on. This bill does a lot of good things and leaves a lot of good ideas on the table, and I'm especially disappointed to see much of the support for Native American communities that we passed in September not reflected here today. As soon as President Biden signs reconciliation into law, this Committee is redoubling its efforts."
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