Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), a member of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement about her vote today against the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which failed to pass the House today:
“As a member of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, I worked hard to ensure that our bill would be good for America and good for my Los Angeles communities. I included language encouraging the Army Corps of Engineers to find opportunities to prioritize work on projects that reduce flood risk and increase stormwater capture for the Los Angeles County Drainage Area. I successfully advocated for the inclusion of funds that allow the Army Corps to set aside Preconstruction Engineering and Design assets for the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Revitalization project, so that we can begin the process of restoring portions of the LA River to their natural state. I was also able to secure additional funds for our nation’s energy and water priorities, because every community in our country deserves clean, sustainable, and forward-looking energy and water policies.
“Unfortunately, despite my best efforts and those of my Democratic colleagues, the final bill considered by the House today contains extremely harmful provisions that hamper our ability to tackle the environmental challenges of the 21st century. The bill guts clean energy programs that would help combat the global threat of climate change and make America a greener and more energy-secure nation. It contains several controversial provisions that weaken the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. It also delays the federal government’s ability to respond to California’s continuing drought. In addition, the bill provides no additional water to the communities hit hardest by this drought.
“For these reasons, I could not in good conscience vote for today’s bill. I cannot support legislation that makes such meager investments in clean energy, and sets forth environmental policies that could devastate California, America, and the entire planet.
“Members of the majority party also voted to defeat the bill, but not because of its terrible environmental policies. Shamefully, they voted down the bill because it included the Maloney Amendment, which prohibited anti-LGBT discrimination in federal contracts. It wasn’t enough for them that the bill also included divisive and ideological anti-LGBT riders, which have no place in appropriations bills or elsewhere. Apparently, any effort to promote equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters is unacceptable to many of our Republican colleagues.”