Senate Republicans (and One Democrat) Team Up to Open Arctic to Big Oil Plunder

September 26, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

In addition to mounting a “horrific” assault on life-saving social safety net programs like Medicaid and Medicaid, the GOP-crafted budget resolution passed by 51 Republican senators late Thursday also lays the groundwork for “drastic cuts” to programs that help shield the nation’s land, air, and water from exploitation by big polluters.

“This is the wrong budget for our health, environment, and kids”
—Jennie Olson, Environment America

“Adding insult to injury,” 51 Republicans also teamed up with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to thwart an amendment to their budget that would have barred drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). 

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In a statement on Friday, Jennie Olson of Environment America said the GOP’s decision to kill the amendment—crafted by a group of Senate Democrats—opens the pristine refuge to “irreversible damage…just so corporate polluters can make a profit.”