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Ruppersberger Champions Historic $90.5 Million Investment in Chesapeake Bay

Jul 10, 2020
Press Release
House Appropriations Committee approves Interior-Environment Funding Bill

(Washington, DC) – The House Appropriations Committee today passed legislation that includes a historic $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay championed by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). The $37 billion Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 now moves to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

The legislation funds programs that ensure we have clean air and water, protect and preserve public land and endangered species and fight climate change. It also includes $15 billion in emergency investments in critical infrastructure, mostly to support clean drinking water projects and remediation of environmentally-contaminated sites.

The committee adopted $90.5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Program – which the Trump Administration has repeatedly sought to eliminate under previous budget requests. This is more than $5 million over last year’s record-breaking funding level.

“The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland’s most precious resource and we must do everything we can to protect it and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it generates and supports,” said Congressman Ruppersberger, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “I am proud to help boost its funding levels to new heights to ensure the Chesapeake Bay is healthy for generations to come.”