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Moran Amendment to kill diesel funding fails

Rich Kassel

Posted February 17, 2011 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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I’m happy to report that Representative Jim Moran’s (D-VA) amendment to H.R. 1, which would have eliminated funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, failed last night.  

In a roll call vote on the floor, 352 members voted against the amendment in a bi-partisan show of support for this program that has provided state and local governments with federal funds to help reduce diesel emissions from school buses, port trucks, construction equipment, farm engines and other dirty diesel vehicles in communities across the nation since 2005.   

Rep. Moran’s amendment created an unnecessary false choice:  eliminating the EPA DERA budget to increase funding for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s North American Wetlands Conservation Fund.

Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul…the amendment asked members to choose between clean air and clean water.

Luckily, members from both sides of the aisle said “no” to the false choice and said “yes” to the continued funding of the popular DERA program.

Going into what is likely to be a very tough appropriations fight for next year’s budget, the resounding defeat of the Moran Amendment sends a strong signal to Congressional and White House budget negotiators that DERA remains as popular today as it was six weeks ago, when Congress passed, and the President signed, the reauthorization of DERA for another five years. 

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