Budget supports land management operations, eliminates duplicative programs
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced President Donald J. Trump’s $11.6 billion Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget blueprint request for the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). According to DOI, taxypayers will save $1.5 billion.
The president’s budget blueprint increases funding for programs that support development of oil, natural gas, coal, and renewable energy on public lands and offshore waters. The blueprint also funds DOI’s collection and disbursement of approximately $10 billion annually for mineral development. The blueprint supports funding for land management operations for the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management. It also increases investment in deferred maintenance projects.
"America’s public lands are our national treasures and the president’s budget sends a strong signal that we will protect and responsibly manage these vast areas of our country 'for the benefit and enjoyment of the people'," said Zinke. "Before serving in government, I served on the front lines for 23 years as a military officer. I can say for certain that this budget allows the Interior Department to meet our core mission and also prioritizes the safety and security of the American people.
The budget blueprint eliminates duplicative programs, including discretionary Abandoned Mine Land grants, National Heritage Areas, and National Wildlife Refuge fund payments to local governments. The budget reduces land acquisition funding by more than $120 million and focuses available discretionary funds on investing in and maintaining existing parks, refuges and public lands.
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