We’ve made great progress this year for our waterways by working hard to lower Lake Okeechobee and prevent toxic discharges to our coast. But our fight is still going, and it’s not always easy.
After we fought tooth and nail to secure $200 million for Everglades restoration, Speaker Pelosi decided this week to pass a “continuing resolution” that would delay this critical increase in funding for Everglades Restoration for at least 2 months. This is an irresponsible decision to kick the can down the road that drastically undercuts funding for Everglades restoration by locking it in at just a fraction of the $200 million we agreed on.
While this is a disappointing setback, I want to be clear that this isn’t the end of our fight. I will not let these ridiculous political games continue to get in the way of doing what is right for our environment and our community.
Despite this setback, I’m optimistic that we can secure the critical funding needed to get the job done. Until then, our fight for clean water continue, and I will keep you updated on our progress!
Check out this week’s Week In Review for more.
In case you missed it, here are a few other things that happened this week:
- We urged the VA to overturn its decision to evict Members of Congress from their offices inside VA facilities.
- A critical bill to protect our estuaries passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
- The House passed the Purple Heart Coin Act to help preserve the memory of service members who were wounded or killed in combat.
- The U.S. Air Force celebrated its 72nd birthday!
- We remembered the servicemembers who were captured or went missing while serving our nation.