Partisan House Farm Bill Puts Drinking Water At Risk
For immediate release
Washington, D. C. -- This afternoon the House of Representatives passed its Farm Bill in a nearly party-line vote, 213-211. It included several controversial amendments including a rider that would repeal protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water.
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:
"House Republicans just made it clear how unserious they are. Instead of scrapping this flawed and deeply partisan bill, they dug in their heels and passed a bill they know is dead on arrival in the Senate. They plowed under common sense protections for clean water with provisions that would repeal safeguards for streams, wetlands, and drinking water and make it easier for toxic pesticides to get into our rivers and lakes. They weakened popular and successful conservation programs and undermined vital nutrition programs that help low-income families put food on the table.
Fortunately the Senate is working on a bipartisan bill that balances the needs of many stakeholders and leaders are attempting to keep it free of poison pill riders. We're counting on leaders of both parties to continue on that path, helping us protect clean water and public health."
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.