In what is ostensibly an effort to address the nation’s budgetary woes, Congress is going after the one percent. No, not that one percent
. Some in Congress are targeting the one percent of the federal budget that is allocated to all
land, water, ocean, and wildlife programs to try to make ends meet.
The House Interior, Environment, and related Agencies appropriations bill (HR 2584
) calls for a variety of potentially devastating cuts to wildlife and conservation programs. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is targeted for the worst cuts, potentially reducing it by nearly 21 percent.
By slashing budgets for wildlife, Congress is putting our natural resources — and our economy — at unnecessary risk.
Americans value wildlife and support conservation measures. We spend more than $120 billion yearly pursuing wildlife related recreation. The ability to continue to enjoy our unique natural treasures, in addition to this economic benefit, is placed at risk by these cuts.
A recent poll
commissioned by the Endangered Species Coalition found that the majority of Americans support the Endangered Species Act (84%) and believe decisions about whether to remove the Endangered Species Act’s protections should be based on science, not politics (63%). Using funding bills to attack regulations that safeguard our nation’s wildlife is not what the public wants and it’s potentially disastrous for wildlife.