McGovern Votes to Re-Open National Parks & Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jim McGovern joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of the Interior and EPA appropriations bill to prevent damage to America's national parks and monuments, and allow EPA to resume its critical activities in protecting clean air and clean water for Massachusetts families. Massachusetts’s $83 million in EPA state grants is currently at risk because of the Trump Shutdown.

“Since the Trump Shutdown began, many of America’s treasured National Parks have been filled with garbage, with increasingly unsanitary conditions, and now, damage to fragile ecosystems,” said Rep. McGovern. "At the same time, for over two weeks, the EPA has been unable to perform its essential, life-saving role of protecting the clean air our children breathe and the clean water that they drink. Key grants to fund environment protection activities in the states cannot go out when the EPA is shut down. Our state relies on this funding every year – having received $83 million in FY 2017 to protect our environment. As long as the Trump Shutdown drags on, the health and well-being of Massachusetts children remains at risk and our communities will continue to needlessly suffer.”