Today a House and Senate Budget Conference are meeting for the first time to address the impasse that led to the government shutdown. The House has passed but the Senate has killed hundreds, yes hundreds of amendments attempting to weaken...continued→
Scott Slesinger, Legislative Director, Washington, DC
I am NRDC's legislative director. I work with NRDC staff to develop strategies for advancing environmental legislation and lobby Congress on behalf of the organization. Before joining NRDC, I was Vice-President of Government Affairs of the Environmental Technology Council representing companies that recycle, destroy, and dispose of regulated hazardous waste. Previously, I worked for the Senate Budget Committee on energy and environment issues and as the environmental aide to Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) when Lautenberg chaired the Subcommittee on Superfund and Hazardous Waste. I served as a counsel to the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and worked at the Environmental Protection Agency drafting some of the original regulations under the Clean Water Act. I have a B.A. in Political Science and a law degree from the State University at Buffalo.
Memo to Shutdown Fans: Americans Really Like EPA Protecting Our Air, Water and Health; and Dis Pols Who Don't
During this month, we have blogged on the impact of the shutdown on the environmental and health services that taxpayers pay for, and expect from, their government. The comments from our readers on the switchboard website and the NRDC Facebook...continued→
Government turns a deaf ear to the public, and the freeze in science research risks our global leadership in Day 16 of the GOP government shutdown.
“We were, neck deep in the Big Muddy And the big fool said to push on.” Waist Deep in the Big Muddy—Pete Seeger That famous Vietnam-era anti-war song referred to the futility of President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to continue waging...continued→
E. coli contamination could sicken Colorado kids and no fun for kids at wildlife refuges in Day 15 of the GOP's government shutdown
“You've got to get yourself togetherYou've got stuck in a moment and now you can't get out of it.”—“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out of” by U2 It does seem like the Tea Party troubadours who forced...continued→
Alaskan GOP pols complain again about their shutdown and a big oil spill goes unreported for a week in Day 14 of the GOP's government shutdown.
"Deadliest Catch" gets caught in shutdown and a big oil spill goes unreported for a week in Day 14 of the GOP shutdown. “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blueIn two-oh-one-three, we got shut down by the GOP” - Bo...continued→
“I'm gettin' sick and tired of the same ole bull”“Fool About You”—Hank Williams Republicans keep saying they really didn’t want to shut the government down. As their approval ratings plummet, they keep trying to shift the blame to Senate Majority...continued→
Food safety inspections fade and Antarctic research freezes on Day 12 of the GOP's government shutdown
“I knew you were trouble when you walked inTrouble, trouble, troubleI knew you were trouble when you walked inTrouble, trouble, trouble” -- “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift The Tea Party certainly barged into Washington looking for the...continued→
Springdale, Utah, a "ghost town," Mayflower spill response slowed and massive furloughs for oversight of nuclear plants in Day 11 of the GOP's government shutdown
“I'd like to thank you all for nothingI'd like to thank you all for nothing at allI'd like to thank you all for nothingNothing, nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing at allNothing, nothing, nothing, nothing at all.” – “Misunderstood” by Wilco As...continued→
Alaska's GOP Governor upset, CDC health workers recalled for emergency, Ag Dept. vet medicine workers brought back in Day 10 of the GOP's government shutdown.
“Can't find no work, can't find no job, my friend / Money is tighter than it's ever been / Say man, I just don't understand / What's going on across this land?” — Marvin Gaye, “What’s Happening Brother?” Like Marvin, frustrated, furloughed...continued→
State environmental inspections, CDC outbreak response and breweries hit in Day 9 of the GOP's government shutdown
“We’re on the road to nowhere” – The Talking Heads With the government shutdown now in its 9th day, the words from the Talking Heads ring true. Republican leaders keep yammering for a vote to curtail President Obama’s signature...continued→
Reason Takes a Holiday: Day 8: Daily Dings to our Health and Environment from the GOP's government shutdown
There's something happening here / What it is ain't exactly clear … --Buffalo Springfield, “Something’s happening here” As the government shutdown enters its second week with no end in sight, the stalemate continues to erode our health, safety, the environment and our...continued→
As the government shutdown continues, Congress fiddles while many outdoor recreation businesses burn through their cash reserves waiting for the National Parks and other federal lands to reopen for families, hunters, anglers and hikers. This was supposed to be a...continued→
Reason Takes a Holiday: Day 6: Daily Dings to our Health and Environment from the GOP's Government Shutdown
“Some people claim that there's a woman to blame / But I know it's my own damn fault” —Jimmy Buffet, "Margaritaville" Politicians in Washington keep trying to blame the other guy for the government shutdown, now entering its seventh day. ...continued→
Reason Takes a Holiday: Day 5: Daily Dings to our Health and Environment from the GOP's Government Shutdown
“It can be truly said, that I have a bat in my belfry.”—The Joker in the movie "Batman." The Joker is certainly right about those who instigated the government shutdown. Every day, we’re seeing more of its senseless but serious...continued→
Reason Takes a Holiday: Day 4: Daily Dings to our Health and Environment from the GOP's Government Shutdown
"Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you've got till it's gone . . ." –Joni Mitchell, "Big Yellow Taxi" Joni was right - as we're seeing more vividly with each passing day. With the federal...continued→
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