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Greens Slam Senate’s Interior Appropriations Bill

Environmentalists are disappointed in the Senate’s fiscal 2017 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

The $32.034 billion measure would continue to prohibit listing the sage-grouse as an endangered species, block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States rule, and prevent funding for the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Buffer Zone rule, according to a Senate Appropriations Committee announcement released Tuesday.

The League of Conservation Voters slammed Senate Republicans, saying they are “hijacking the appropriations process.”

“Attacks on the Clean Water Rule, climate action, clean air protections, endangered species, and our public lands—among other anti-environmental policy riders—simply have no place in spending bills,” LCV Deputy Legislative Director Alex Taurel said in a statement. “We need a clean budget that moves our country forward and fully funds the environmental safeguards that protect our air, water, lands and wildlife.

Riders within the legislation would weaken public health protections and make Americans vulnerable to pollution, according a statement released by the Sierra Club.

“It’s a disastrous approach that undermines the federal budget process and would make thousands and thousands of Americans sick if it was ultimately enacted,” Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce said in a statement.