While all kinds of ideas for cutting the federal budget deficit are swirling around the Capitol, The Wilderness Society is making one thing abundantly clear: Congress should stop its assault on wilderness and the recreation economy and instead make green-friendly cuts like eliminating oil and ga
Six months is not a long time or is it? Six months in the life of an infant brings some of the most vital stages of development. Six months can be measured by two weather seasons. This length of time can be significant or just create passing memories. For me, the last six months working at the Wilderness Society have been more than enlightening and have changed my vision of the future.
As I was sitting at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the National Park Service budget on Wednesday, the same thought kept running through my mind: funding the federal government in two weeks stints is no way to run a country. We’ve now had six short term budget bills since last September.
Avoiding government shutdown two weeks at a time not the way to go
President Obama told reporters last week that, "We can’t keep on running the government based on a two-week extension ... That's irresponsible". He was referring to the stopgap measures Congress is taking to keep the government running by extending what's known as a continuing resolution.
In the wake of the House Majority’s extreme budget bill, which made severe cuts to conservation, it’s clear that we need a better blueprint for the budget going forward. The Wilderness Society, working together with a host of other conservation groups, has created that blueprint with the release of the Green Budget.
If birds were humans, they would be pretty worried right now about the upcoming migration across America. The House voted for massive budget cuts to the agencies responsible for protecting the continental flyways on which wild birds depend.
Recently, the House of Representatives, led by the new Republican House Majority, debated and passed HR1, the Continuing Resolution for FY 11. This legislation is one of the most harmful to our environment in American history ever to pass a single chamber of the US Congress. An assault is being made on air, water, lands and wildlife that will irrevocably harm our health, our quality of life, and our economic recovery.
On Feb. 19, the House Majority — on a virtual straight party-line vote — passed an extreme budget bill, or continuing resolution,that if accepted by the Senate, will terminate funding for dozens of critical environmental programs and harm some of the nation’s bedrock conservation laws.