Langevin Votes to Reopen Environmental Protection Agency and National Parks

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 266, the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. This is the final of four appropriations bills passed this week by House Democrats aimed at reopening the government independent of ongoing border security negotiations. As with the previous bills, it adheres to funding levels that received near unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in the Senate last Congress. 

“House Democrats have provided President Trump with yet another opportunity to end his unnecessary and self-imposed government shutdown. Today’s House-passed bill will restore critical government services that protect the health and safety of our communities. It will allow the EPA to resume pollution inspection activities important to the protection of Narragansett Bay and other ecologically vulnerable areas throughout Rhode Island. The bill also ensures that National Parks will be open and fully staffed, allowing Americans to enjoy these natural treasures and preventing further damage from the garbage that has been accumulating during the Trump shutdown.

“Today, 800,000 federal workers will miss their first paycheck. Tomorrow, this shutdown will become the longest on record. It is past time for the President Trump to realize that we can reopen government and bring back certainty to lives of federal employees and the American people while the border security debate continues.”