Environment – EPA

January 15, 2018

SPENDING BILL INCLUDES SLASHING EPA BUDGET

Congress must pass a new spending bill by January 19th to keep the government running. President Trump and his EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, along with anti-environmental allies in congress are pushing for deep cuts to EPA funding that will make critical environmental cleanups impossible in the future.

President Trump and allies are trying to force their extreme anti-environmental agenda into law. They are attaching hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to the EPA’s budget. The agency will be forced to eliminate staff and slash clean water, clean air, toxic cleanups, energy efficiency, and enforcement programs.

Trump and his climate- denying allies have also proposed massive cuts to the Interior Department and other agencies that protect our air, water, wildlife, lands, and health. They are trying to tack dozens of anti-environmental riders onto the bill that would undo critical EPA standards and roll back countless other environmental laws.

We know that President Trump and his allies will stop at nothing will stop at nothing to get their way-even if it means rolling back decades of environmental progress and threating the health of the American people.

The deadline is January 19th! Please make a call today and tell our senators that we are counting on them to stand strong against this dangerous bill!

SCRIPT:

The Senate will soon vote on a fiscal year 2018 funding bill. I’m very concerned about anti-environment cuts and riders in that bill that would threaten funding for the EPA and make deep cuts to programs that protect our environment and health. It’s outrageous and unacceptable for pro-polluter members of Congress to try to ram these terrible provisions through the legislative process by attaching them to a must-pass spending bill. I urge the senator to think of me, my family, and my community, and oppose any funding bill that contains anti-environment cuts and riders.

Dianne Feinstein
Washington DC (202) 224-3841
Los Angeles (310) 914-7300

Kamala Harris
Washington DC (202) 224-3553
Los Angeles (213) 894-5000

Scott Pruitt  (202) 564-4700
Don’t be discouraged if the voicemail box is full – the office is continually going through messages and clearing them out throughout the day. Please note that you will have less that 30 seconds to leave a message. If you can’t get through, try back later. You can also contact Scott Pruitt through email at pruitt.scott@epa.gov or Twitter at @EPAScottPruitt.

 


 

September 8, 2017

URGENT: House Action on Clean Water Rule

The League needs your help TODAY to defend clean water and the public health and outdoor recreation that depend upon it.

Representatives Beyer and Esty offered an amendment in the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent the EPA Administrator and Secretary of the Army from killing the Clean Water Rule without accepting public comment. The House of Representatives will vote on this amendment TODAY or TOMORROW – and we need them to vote YES.

Please call your Representative now. Dial the switchboard number: 202-224-3121. Choose the House of Representatives, enter your zip code, and you will be connected to your Congressman or Congresswoman’s office.

Here’s a sample of what to say:

_________________________________________

Hi, I’m a constituent. I am calling to ask my representative to vote yes on Amendment #37 to the Interior Environment Appropriations portion of the Omnibus Bill.

This amendment would ensure that attempts to repeal or replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule are subject to the same Administrative Procedures Act safeguards as any other administrative rulemaking. One in three Americans depend on waters protected by the Clean Water Rule for their drinking water and we deserve the opportunity to publicly comment on any potential changes to clean water protections. 
Thank you for your time.

______________________________________________

In addition, you can e-mail your member of Congress to support this amendment. 

Representatives Beyer and Esty’s amendment would block federal agencies from circumventing public input as EPA and the Corps consider what waters will be protected by the Clean Water Act. Please act NOW!


ACTION CALL AND POSTCARD:  Defend the Environmental Protection Agency
Posted Thursday, April 13, 2017

Any attempt to eliminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or slash its budget, would irreparably harm our health and communities.  We depend on the EPA to protect our air, water and climate from harm.  Without proper resources they will have difficulty enforcing basic rules to protect our communities, which include…

  • Monitoring air quality in our communities
  • Ensuring our water is safe to drink
  • Enforcing protections from industrial discharge of toxic water pollution
  • Protecting our air from increased emissions of mercury, arsenic, lead, soot, and the pollution that causes smog
  • Cracking down on toxic pesticides that are wiping out our pollinating bees and threaten our food supply
  • Holding corporate polluters accountable
  • The Clean Power Plan, which limits climate-change-causing emissions and carbon pollution
  • Protection of our cherished public lands

The EPA is an essential part of our government that was founded with bipartisan support and remains popular across the country.

Oppose any action that undermines the EPA’s ability to protect the public health.  Defend our planet and communities!  We need a fully funded EPA to defend the health and safety of the American people.

I stand behind the EPA and find it intolerable to cut the EPA budget!

EPA Phone Script:

Hi, My name is (Name) and I am a constituent from (City, Zip).

I am calling because I am concerned about the Administration’s proposal to cut the funding and staff resources of the EPA. I do not support any cuts to the EPA’s budget.

Will (Rep Cook, Senator Feinstein, Senator Harris) fight cuts to the EPA?

If the person says yes: That is really wonderful to know. Thank you for your work answering calls and please thank (Cook, Feinstein, Harris) for supporting the EPA.

If the person says no: That is terrible. I am very disappointed. I hope (Cook, Feinstein, Harris) know that the majority of constituents believe the EPA is critical to protecting our environment and our citizens and they should not have their resources cut. I hope that he/she will reconsider.

If the person says they don’t know: That’s disappointing. I expect my Senator/Representative to have clear positions on issues that affect constituents. Please ask him/her about their position on this matter and ask them to share that information with our constituents.  I will call again to get the answer to my question. Thank you for the work you do answering calls and responding to questions.

EPA Post Card Script:

Dear Rep Cook, Sen. Feinstein or Sen. Harris,

Defend our planet and communities! We need a fully funded EPA to defend the health and safety of the American people. No cuts to the EPA! Thank you.

Sincerely,

Name
Town, Zip code