HR 6147 Eliminating Unnecessary Spending – "Environmental Justice" Grants (Roll Call 356)
The Hice (R-GA, ACUF Lifetime 98.1%) amendment to a multi-agency appropriations bill eliminates funding for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Funds for this program have often funded causes for political activism and purposes unrelated to the grant, including educational programs for "urban gardening" and the "negative consequences of automobile dependency." ACU believes the American people are smart enough to figure out how to plant seeds without federal money and opposes the use of taxpayer funds for political advocacy and supports meaningful cuts in government spending, especially at a time when the nation is $22 trillion in debt, and supported this amendment. The House defeated the amendment on July 18, 2018 by a vote of 174-240.