Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) has issued a statement criticizing Senate Republicans for stripping language to increase protections for the San Gabriel Mountains from the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 which passed the House of Representatives yesterday.
By News Desk
Here’s the statement in its entirety:
The NDAA conference report which the House voted on on Tuesday was a far cry from the one House Democrats passed, and which I was proud to support, in July.
Instead of using the NDAA to ruin public lands with a needless border wall, as Republicans had demanded, the House version protected and promoted public lands. In particular, I was so pleased that it included the text of the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act, my legislation to expand the borders of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include the western Angeles National Forest. It would also have established a National Recreation Area to enhance conservation, increase access for all communities by connecting park poor areas to open space, and improve the management of the area through improved resources, education, and public engagement. This language was included with the support of Democrats on the Armed Services Committees in both the House and Senate as well as Senate Energy and Natural Resources Ranking Member Joe Manchin and passed out of the House with overwhelming support.
But that language protecting our precious lands was removed by Senate Republicans, who instead sent back an NDAA that increases the gap between defense and domestic spending, and commits the United States to endless war.
We should be leaving future generations a better inheritance than just fruitless wars and humanitarian disasters. We should be leaving them a country they are proud to defend. That must include preserving our precious natural resources. I’m disappointed that this small commitment to our future was cut out of the final NDAA.
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