4:18 PM EDT
Tim Bishop, D-NY 1st

Mr. BISHOP of New York. I thank the gentleman for yielding, and I thank the gentleman for offering this amendment, along with Mr. Markey and Mr. DeFazio.

Mr. Chairman, if H.R. 2018 were enacted as drafted, it would restrict the EPA's ability to protect the Nation's waters from pollution. As we know, if pollution is allowed to increase due to the dueling interests of States, many sources of clean drinking water would be imperiled, valuable fish and wildlife habitat would be endangered and coastal recreational waters, like the shores of my Long Island, would be at risk, along with all the economic benefits these resources provide.

The Markey-DeFazio-Blumenauer amendment simply restricts the provisions of this bill from endangering waters that provide flood protection for communities, our valuable fish and wildlife habitat or our coastal recreational waters that are the backbone of my district's economy. In fact, my district will face real economic danger if this bill is not amended, not to mention the environmental danger that my district and districts all over this country will face.

I strongly urge my colleagues to support this amendment.

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