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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Congressman Wynn Supports More Green For Environment

Congressman Albert Wynn (D-MD), Chair of the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, joined his colleagues in passing H.R. 2643, the FY08 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. This measure provides $27.6 billion in discretionary spending for the operations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior, and other important programs in FY 2008. The bill, which provides valuable funding for environmental and conservation projects, is $1.2 billion over FY 2007 and $1.9 billion over the President's request. Since 2001, funding for the EPA has fallen 29 percent and funding for the Interior Department has fallen by 16 percent.

This measure provides a 4.3 percent increase over FY 2007. Additionally, the bill makes climate change research a priority. It boosts federal investment in climate change research at EPA and the Interior Department by 53 percent and, in response to the Supreme Court's landmark decision in April, requires the EPA to begin developing a process for regulating greenhouse gases. As part of the legislation, Congressman Wynn secured $500,000 in Federal funding for the completion of the rehabilitation of Glen Echo Park. The Glen Echo funding will help to complete the rehabilitation of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and an unsafe retaining wall.

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