2011 Budget Drops Extremist Policies, But Deep Cuts Target Conservation Programs

Continuing Resolution limits government’s ability to protect and restore ecosystems and wildlife

04-13-2011 // Miles Grant
Capitol building

After weeks of negotiations and debate, the Obama administration and Congress have reached a deal on a Continuing Budget Resolution -- a must pass budget bill that funds the federal government through September.

While the final bill rejects many of the harmful "riders" included in an early version of the bill, it does include devastating cuts to many key conservation programs.

"While the most extreme pro-polluter riders to gut the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act failed, our clean air and clean water remains vulnerable to death by a thousand budget cuts," said Adam Kolton, executive director of the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center. 

The bill, which will be voted on this week, includes the following budget cuts:

  • $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency
  • $4.7 billion from Forest Service Operations
  • $140 million from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • $143.5 million cut from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
  • More than $500 million from the Army Corps

According to NWF these cuts will limit the government’s ability to protect and restore ecosystems and wildlife. “It is appalling that this budget protects billions of dollars in subsidies to oil companies while taking a budget axe to the programs that protect America’s wildlife, our public lands and clean water," said Kolton.

For a detailed comparative analysis of the bill, read National Wildlife Federation's "Funding levels for key environmental programs" fact sheet:

 

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