H.R. 266 – Interior Appropriations: No
H.R. 266 – Interior Appropriations: No. This bill funds Interior and related agencies through the end of the fiscal year. Setting aside the current impasse over border security, the bill is ill-advised on its merits. It plusses up almost every request made by the administration, with the notable exception of PILT funding that compensates rural communities that are slammed by excessive federal ownership of land in their jurisdictions. It reduces funds approved by the Republican House last year for hazardous fuels reduction, national park maintenance, and water infrastructure. It resumes the practice of massive acquisitions of new land by the federal government at a time we can’t take care of the land we already hold. It hands over taxpayer money to private environmental organizations. It prevents effective population control of exponentially increasing populations of wild horses and burros on federal land. It hands a third of a billion dollars to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities which ought to be supported by voluntary contributions and not coerced taxes. It allows the EPA to claim jurisdiction over every ditch and puddle in America. It continues spending on a trajectory that threatens trillion-dollar annual deficits. And it can’t find $5.7 billion to secure our borders, protect our people and defend our sovereignty. Welcome to Nancy Pelosi’s America.