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Sarbanes to Congress: Drastic Cuts to Chesapeake Bay Programs Will Put Environment, Maryland Jobs in Danger
Sequestration set to cut thousands of jobs, put undue stress on state and local governments
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today took to the House floor to call attention to the dire environmental consequences of last year’s failed budget negotiations. Across-the-board sequestration cuts – set to take effect in early January – will grind critical programs to a halt, endangering the health of the Chesapeake Bay and putting countless Marylanders out of work.
Congressman Sarbanes’ remarks are below:
“Critical initiatives that help the Chesapeake Bay will be among the hardest hit by sequestration. These programs, including the Small Watershed Grants Program, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Section 319 Program, provide much-needed resources for on-the-ground restoration and conservation efforts for the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
“These programs are some of the most important tools we have for addressing pollution and storm water runoff in the Bay watershed. An 8 percent cut would cost thousands of jobs and exacerbate the already crumbling public water infrastructure that is so prevalent in Maryland and across the country, adding pressure to state and local governments to pay for federal programs that have been slashed.
“As we all know, the budget process is entirely about choices. We must make clean water and clean air a priority and I urge my colleagues to protect these critical programs from reckless cuts that will destroy jobs and destroy the environment.”
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