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Washington, February 2, 2015 | Tia Shuyler (202-225-4376) | comments
U.S. Representative Don Beyer, Northern Virginia Democrat and member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Science, Space, and Technology applauded President Barack Obama for making middle class families and the fight against climate change major priorities in his proposed 2016 budget.

“Today’s budget from the President is an ambitious and well-conceived budget which would strengthen the economic recovery and expand opportunity for all Americans. His economic action plan would buoy the hard-working middle class by encouraging fair wages, strengthening our STEM programs, and maintaining a responsible fiscal course,” said Rep. Beyer.

In addition to his investment in American middle class families, the President’s budget provides an overall $7.4 billion for clean energy technology programs, including almost $100 million for Interior Department programs to create and sustain renewable energy projects on federal land and waters. It also includes a further $239 million to support the EPA's climate change initiatives, $400 million for flood risk mapping, and $4 billion to create a fund to encourage states to make cuts to emissions from power plants.

“Our generation has a unique opportunity to determine the quality of the world in the next century. President Obama’s budget is a significant step forward in ensuring that our children and grandchildren have clean air to breath and water to drink. Congress needs to seize this chance to work together and cement our legacy as one that didn’t take this world for granted,” Beyer concluded.

Click here to read more about the President’s proposed budget.
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