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Committee Democrats Reject Commonsense Amendments

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Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources began marking up the Natural Resources title of the House's Fiscal Year 2022 budget reconciliation legislation. Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement:

"This reconciliation package is a bad bill with bad timing, plain and simple. During a time when Congress should be united and addressing the many crises facing Americans, this Democrat majority is instead choosing to sit at home and prioritize partisan slush funds and special interest payouts. It's a complete abdication of our responsibility as a legislative body. Committee Democrats' plans for budget reconciliation are at best a package of unprecedented, partisan government overreach. At worst, their bill is a means to hamstring the economy, cripple domestic energy production, and make the U.S. dependent on foreign adversaries. Even though I and my Republican colleagues offered multiple commonsense, science-based amendments to correct some of the most dangerous parts of the package, committee Democrats refused to accept them. Americans will suffer as a result."


Republican amendments that committee Democrats voted against included: 

Protecting U.S. mining by preventing hardrock royalties from taking effect if the Chinese Communist Party is sponsoring mineral development in Afghanistan. 

Offered by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.)

Preventing the bill from cutting any funding for public education, as provided by domestic energy revenues.

Offered by U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.)

Ensuring the U.S. will not import any minerals from mines that employ child or forced labor.

Offered by U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.)

Read the full list of Republican amendments here.

The committee's markup will continue on Thursday, Sept. 9.