MECHANICSVILLE, Va. — Environmental protection programs took a disproportionate hit in the recent congressional debate over H.R. 1, a continuing resolution to fund the federal government the rest of the current fiscal year.
“The continuing resolution (CR) that the House passed fulfills many items on the wish list of anti-environmental radicals,” David Jenkins, vice president for government and political affairs of the Republicans for Environmental Protection, said in a statement on the organization’s Web site. “Republicans were not elected to gut environmental protections, and this legislation’s attempt to do so is at odds with the stewardship values espoused by Americans of all political stripes. They were elected to practice fiscal responsibility. Unfortunately, they are doing the former and weaseling on the latter. This duplicity brings with it the risk of serious political consequences for our party in 2012 and beyond.”