2017 House Interior and Environment Bill Makes Policy Strides, Still Spends Too Much

The House Interior and Environment appropriations bill contains key policy provisions to stop excessive and unnecessary regulations, but it does not go nearly far enough in reducing ineffective, duplicative, and burdensome federal programs. The bill continues to provide funding for programs outside the core responsibilities of the federal government such as the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Funding for the arts should not be done at the federal level, and conservatives have championed efforts to defund these programs or to allow them to receive private funding. With the debt level continuing to skyrocket, Congress should use the Interior and Environment bill to cut government waste and focus on essential priorities.

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