Legislation Includes Key Wins for Wildlife, Reclamation, Restoration, Clean Water Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress and the White House need to build upon the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure package to ensure the nation leverages many of the tool available to create jobs, strengthen community resilience, address environmental injustices, confront climate change, and recover wildlife.
“Today 69 members of the U.S. Senate came together across party lines to make historic investments in reducing emissions from industrial and fossil fuel sources and making communities more resilient to climate impacts. It’s a big deal that demonstrates how the Biden Administration is bridging the partisan divide to deliver for people and wildlife alike. This framework marks an important step forward on ecosystem restoration, energy innovation, cleaner transportation, and habitat connectivity,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Now we need our leaders to build upon this critical first step by prioritizing investments in clean energy, environmental justice, natural resource restoration and resilience, a Civilian Climate Corps, and ensuring no communities are left behind as we reach toward our clean energy future.”
The bipartisan infrastructure package’s important provisions include:
The National Wildlife Federation voiced concerns about provisions in the Senate-passed infrastructure bill that would stifle community input on federal projects. Congress and the Administration should address this by preserving transparency and making additional investments in the capacity of agencies to ensure projects are developed in ways that protect the environment and public health.
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