A Gift to Corporations and the Wealthy, A Setback for Our Health, Communities, and Water
Washington, D.C. - Today Congress sent President Trump H.R. 1, the most significant change to the nation's tax code in decades. This followed party line votes in both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.
Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement:
"This outrageous bill is a fitting way to end a frenzied year of giveaways to special interests and industry lobbyists. This massive gift to corporations and the super wealthy will come at the expense of the programs that Americans rely on to protect our health, communities, and water. It further jeopardizes our health by cynically eliminating the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which will result in 13 million fewer people with health insurance – and higher premiums for the rest of us. And it will likely result in even deeper cuts to non-defense discretionary programs like the Environmental Protection Agency which is already so under-staffed, it can barely do its job.
This dangerous scam doesn't just undermine our safety net it also undercuts clean energy investment and hands the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry to be plundered. The Arctic Refuge is one of the last and greatest wild places left in the world. It's home to hundreds of species and relied on by the Gwich'in nation. This gift to the oil and gas industry is incredibly shortsighted - it deepens our addiction to fossil fuels in the face of accelerating climate change, and sets our clean energy future back by years.
Republican leaders and the President may be slapping themselves on the back for ramming through this disgraceful scheme, but the American people won't accept it. This bill is deeply unpopular. Clean Water Action will mobilize our members to hold accountable the Senators and Representatives that sold out the American people, push back on further giveaways and rollbacks, and work to elect new leadership in 2018."
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