Jun 16 2015

Senator Blunt Touts Missouri Priorities Included In Interior Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, highlighted several provisions and report language that he requested, which were successfully included in the fiscal year 2016 spending bill approved by the Subcommittee today.

“I’m pleased these important provisions and Missouri priorities were included in the bill passed by the Subcommittee today,” Blunt said. “And I’ll keep fighting to protect families, workers, and consumers in Missouri and across the nation from the Obama Administration’s executive overreach and costly and burdensome environmental regulations.”

Blunt Provisions & Report Language Included in the FY16 Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Appropriations Bill:

  • Clean Power Plan – The bill prevents the EPA from issuing the Federal Implementation Plan to States that don’t submit plans for existing power plant regulations under the Clean Power Plan. Blunt is an original co-sponsor of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s (W.Va.) bill to block the rule.

  • Waters of the U.S. – The bill prevents the EPA from implementing the new jurisdictional definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Blunt is an original co-sponsor of U.S. Senator John Barrasso’s (Wyo.) bill to stop the Obama Administration from taking over all waters in the United States.

  • Ozone Rule – The bill prevents the EPA from issuing ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards until 85 percent of the country is in compliance with the current ozone standard. Blunt is an original co-sponsor of U.S. Senators John Thune (S.D.) and Joe Manchin’s (W.Va.) bipartisan bill with this same provision.

  • Park Service Fees – The bill directs the Treasury Secretary to invest privately donated dollars for Park Service projects in interest bearing accounts, and allows the Park Service to keep the interest generated. This will help promote public private partnerships like CityArchRiver 2015 at the Gateway Arch. Blunt questioned U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell regarding funding in March 2015.

  • Mark Twain – The bill denies the president’s request for a funding increase for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program, because the agency is not being transparent about spending non-CFLR dollars on lands in the program. The report also directs the Forest Service not to conduct further CFLR burns in the Mark Twain National Forest until a study on the effectiveness of the program is complete.

  • St. John’s Bayou New Madrid – The report directs the EPA not to veto the project under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

  • Ozark National Scenic Riverways – The report directs the Park Service to address the legitimate concerns of affected stakeholders in the implementation of the General Management Plan.

  • Ste. Genevieve – The report directs the Park Service to work towards timely completion of the Special Resource Study.

  • Community Affordability – The report directs the EPA to contract with the National Academy of Public Administrators to conduct a study to create a definition of and framework for "community affordability” of environmental regulations.