Today, Harlem Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of the Interior and EPA appropriations bill to prevent the degradation of New York’s six national monuments.In addition, this will allow the EPA to resume its critical activities in protecting clean air and clean water for New York families. New York’s $222.3 million in EPA state grants are currently at risk because of the Trump Shutdown.
“Since the Trump Shutdown began, many of America’s treasured National Parks have seen degradation – filled with garbage, increasingly unsanitary conditions, and even damage to fragile ecosystems,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Additionally, there have been unsafe conditions for visitors in the parks. Democrats are taking swift action to honor our duty to end this chaos, keep people safe and be responsible stewards of these precious resources that are the economic and cultural heart of so many New York communities.
“At the same time, for over two weeks, the EPA has been unable to perform its essential, life-saving role of protecting the clean air our children breathe and the clean water that they drink,” continued Rep. Espaillat. “Yet, the President doesn’t seem to care, threatening to keep the government and its critical services for public health closed for ‘years.’ Key EPA grants to fund environment protection activities in the states cannot go out when the EPA is shut down. Our state relies on this funding every year – and as long as the Trump Shutdown continues, the health and well-being of New York’s children remain at risk and our communities will needlessly suffer.”