Republicans Advance Bill to Prohibit Funding for the New National Museum of the American Latino

July 13, 2023
Press Release

Bill Endangers Americans’ Health While Profiting Polluters

WASHINGTON — House Republicans today advanced their fiscal year 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation takes an aggressive anti-environment pro-pollution stance with a crippling 39 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and policy provisions that will endanger public health, strain the economy, and increase costs. The bill also slashes funding for arts programs and prohibits funding for the new National Museum of the American Latino and the operation of the existing Molina Family Latino Gallery, which will prevent the Smithsonian from highlighting the contributions of American Latinos in United States History and culture.

The Republican bill cuts programs in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) by $9.4 billion. These cuts include $7.8 billion from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund which supports investments for disadvantaged communities and the creation of high-paying jobs. Republicans cut $1.4 billion intended to address environmental health impacts in underserved communities. They also slash hundreds of millions in additional funding for the Department of the Interior (DOI) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).

The legislation:

  • Hinders the U.S. response to the Climate Crisis and fails to address the growing number and severity of extreme weather events by cutting efforts to reduce carbon emissions and community resiliency programs.
  • Slashes funding for national parks, threatening Americans’ ability to enjoy public lands.
  • Exacerbates environmental discrimination against rural and poor communities by defunding environmental justice initiatives.
  • Promotes dirty energy by requiring fossil fuels lease sales while prohibiting growth in clean energy projects.
  • Hastens ecosystem decline by allowing harmful and dirty mining activities and by removing Endangered Species Act protections for numerous species.
  • Incites hate and discrimination by promoting racial conspiracy theories, prohibiting funds for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, censoring commemoration of LGTBQI+ pride, and prohibiting the Smithsonian Institution from highlighting the contributions of American Latinos in U.S. history and culture.

“Over the past week, we’ve endured the hottest average global temperatures ever recorded on Earth. Despite the record-setting heat, extreme weather events, drought, and wildfires plaguing Americans, House Republicans have proposed an Appropriations bill that completely debilitates our response to the climate crisis. This destructive bill promotes dirty energy, hastens the decline of our ecosystems, and fosters hate and discrimination,” Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) said. “I can’t overstate how damaging these proposed cuts will be to the EPA, Department of the Interior, Forest Service, and other related agencies which are critical to climate mitigation and the overall safety of our communities. With climate-related disasters costing the U.S. approximately $26.7 Billion so far this year alone, it's clear this so-called ‘fiscally responsible’ bill will have irreparable impacts on both our economy and future generations.”

Congresswoman Pingree’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

“Republicans’ 2024 Interior funding bill takes an aggressive anti-environment stance that would endanger public health, hurt our economy, and make us less safe. This would lead to more asthma, more cancer, and more natural disasters afflicting American families,” Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) said. “The bill damages our public lands, promotes dirty energy, jeopardizes biodiversity, and hinders our response to the climate crisis. On top of these cuts, Republicans are slashing funding for the arts and prohibiting the Smithsonian from moving forward with the National Museum of the American Latino or operating the Molina Family Latino Gallery. These cuts are cruel and a clear representation of their values.”

Congresswoman DeLauro’s full remarks as prepared for delivery are here.

Key provisions of the bill can be found here. The text of the draft bill is here.

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118th Congress