Popular Conservation Funding is Latest Victim of Republican Tax
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following
statement after the House voted on a party line vote of 219 to 199
this evening to oppose a Democratic amendment sponsored by Representatives
David Obey (D-WI) and Norman Dicks (D-WA) that would have restored
$569 million for conservation programs in the Interior Appropriations
bill. The amendment was paid for with a slight reduction in the
tax cut for individuals making more than $1 million per year --
rather than receiving a tax cut of $88,000 in 2004, they would receive
When the Conservation and Reinvestment Act passed three years
ago, a broad coalition of environmental, hunting and fishing, recreation,
and historic preservation groups joined Democrats and Republicans
in support of increased conservation funding. Today, just three
years later, the House Republican leadership tossed that conservation
a vital American priority is falling victim to the Republicans'
devotion to tax cuts for those who need it least. The Democratic
amendment would have kept the promise we made to Americans by restoring
the deep Republican cuts.
than standing up for our natural and historical treasures, our lands
and wildlife, and recreational opportunities for Americans of all
ages and income levels, the Republicans voted to keep tax cuts for
the wealthy at all costs. While not surprising, it is a great disservice
to the American people."