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Congressional Republicans Put Bigoted Ideology Over Energy and Water Legislation

Energy and Water Bill Voted Down Due to LGBT Protections

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressional Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives blocked passage of the Energy and Water spending bill due to the inclusion of an amendment from Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on LGBT protections.

The base legislation would have slashed energy funding and was weighed down with provisions that undermine drinking water by blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule and freezing rules that encourage mountaintop removal coal mining by permitting companies to bury streams under mining waste.

In response, Sierra Club’s Legislative Director Melinda Pierce released the following statement:

“It’s almost shocking that Congress has found a way to hit a new low. Congressional Republicans have now scuttled must-pass legislation to fund vital energy and water programs because they object to fundamental protections for the LGBT community. Shameful.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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