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Interior Secretary: "It is a painful day for Conservation."

06 Jul 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: Congress, House

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke scathingly of a GOP Appropriations budget proposal stating that “it is a very painful day for conservation,” while visiting Michigan Wednesday, The Hill’s Ben German reports.

In addition to the massive cuts to the EPA, the proposed legislation slashes Interior Department funding overall by $720 million below current spending levels, and virtually eliminates $838 million in White House requested funding for The Land and Water Conservation Fund—a key Interior program.

Calling the policy “short-sighted,” Salazar stressed that the traditionally bipartisan-supported fund was critical to the “conservation legacy and future” of the U.S. “The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been a keystone of modern day conservation in America,” he said, adding that the proposed budget cuts “will set back the conservation arc that we have been on for a long time.”

The Interior Department has already taken efforts to reduce its budget substantially on its own, with plans in place to cut $500 million over 10 years.

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