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March 9, 2011
11:05 AM

CONTACT: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Suzanne Struglinski, NRDC, 202-289-2387 or

Vote on H.R. 1 to Test Senators' Common Sense

Bill’s Anti-Environmental Riders Make No Budget Cuts, But Threaten Health

WASHINGTON - March 9 - Senators today will take a public stand for the first time on the  worst anti-environmental bill  in the history of Congress.

The following is a statement from Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The House’s continuing resolution makes crippling cuts in essential programs that are not necessary to reduce the deficit. The bill includes 19 riders that do not cut the budget by one cent, but instead block important protections that will safeguard human health and the environment. One’s position on the House’s poison-pill legislation would serve as a test of whether the Senate will stand up for common sense, good government and protecting the public, or whether some would opt to bow to partisan politics, ideological extremism, and polluter interests.

“All senators, regardless of party, should be appalled by the Tea Party-inspired assault on public protections contained in the House bill. The public does not support these sharp reversals of policy. NRDC looks to senators who in the past have touted their moderate credentials and have broken with their party leaders when ideologues have threatened the interests of their constituents.  Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown and Mark Kirk should be especially concerned about the unprecedented level of cuts and number of riders in this House bill. ”

Read more on Scott Slesinger’s blog: The Senate to vote on the worst anti-environmental bill ever

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, nonprofit organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in 1970, NRDC has 1.2 million members and online activists, served from offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Beijing.


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