Senate Appropriations Shows What a Responsible Budget Process Looks Like

Statement from EDF SVP for Political Affairs Elizabeth Gore

July 28, 2023
Austin Matheny-Kawesch, (858) 395-5577,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday advanced its markup of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies funding bill, which helps meet the nation’s climate goals, promote energy security and fund government agencies at the levels agreed to during the recent debt limit negotiations. This proposal protects our clean energy progress and shows how Congress can work in a bipartisan fashion to fund the government.

“President Biden’s clean energy plan is delivering for American families by creating good jobs, reducing harmful pollution and driving down the cost of clean sources of energy,” said Elizabeth Gore, Environmental Defense Fund’s senior vice president for political affairs. “More energy from clean sources, like the sun and wind, means less harmful pollution coming out of smokestacks and tailpipes, and less pollution means fewer asthma attacks, missed days of school and work, and shortened lives. The clean energy plan gives us the tools we need to move beyond dirty and unsustainable fossil fuels and build a non-polluting energy future for healthy, thriving communities.”

“We’re already seeing significant benefits across the U.S., and Congress’ final budget must maintain funding for the essential programs expanding affordable clean energy, lowering household energy costs and protecting public health.”

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