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USA - Final Deal on Federal Spending Includes Investments in Restoration and Resilience

The appropriations package provides important funding for ecosystem restoration projects, natural infrastructure, as well as western water and climate initiatives.

(WASHINGTON) “After months of negotiations, it is good to see Congress come together to make investments in economic stimulus, conservation, climate resilience, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions,” said Sarah Greenberger, interim chief conservation officer and senior vice president, Conservation Policy. “This bill advances many critical programs that will help protect and restore the places and resources birds need the most, but more must be done in the coming year to act on climate and address problematic riders and programs that undermine conservation.”

Congress and the President are poised to enact a $2.3 trillion spending bill this week that will provide economic support for Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic and appropriations to fund the federal government until September 30, 2021. The omnibus legislation also includes several important packages like the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, legislation for critical water conservation programs in the West, tax relief for renewable energy development, and funding for clean energy development.

For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be restricted from pursuing endangered species listing and protections for the Greater Sage-Grouse.

“It is deeply disappointing that Congress continues to include short-sighted directive that prohibits the Greater Sage-Grouse from being listed under the Endangered Species Act,” added Greenberger. "We hope the Biden-Harris administration will make it a priority to restore the historic multi-state agreement that remains the species best shot at recovery.”

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