Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, released the following statement regarding the committee’s hearing on "Examining the President’s budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

"I'm happy to see that President Obama shares one of my top priorities this year –  to continue to support initiatives that strengthen our economic recovery and create a nurturing environment for job and wage growth. There are a number of thoughtful proposals in the president's budget that could contribute to economic growth while also restoring some funding certainty to federal agencies so they can carry out their critical missions.  I especially support the investments the budget makes in clean energy, clean air, and curbing climate change. 

"I think it's important to note that the president's budget makes these smart investments and simultaneously targets areas where we can find greater efficiency and effectiveness in government – another of my top goals. However, I am concerned the president’s budget has made some cuts to very effective programs within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that not only clean our environment and protect our health, but also spur economic growth. 

"Specifically, I am concerned about funding cuts for one of EPA's most successful programs, the life-saving Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA). This program is a bipartisan, common-sense approach to cutting toxic diesel emissions that threaten the lives of our communities and our children. By retrofitting or replacing dirty diesel engines – like those on the school buses that take our children to school every day – the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act saves lives and creates a demand for clean diesel technology, which in turn creates American jobs.  Cutting DERA, which has shown a consistently high return – for every $1 invested, we get more than $13 in health and economic benefits – just doesn't make sense.  I look forward to today's discussion and working with my colleagues to ensure effective EPA programs like DERA are funded at the appropriate levels.

"Americans have sent a very clear message to lawmakers in Washington – they expect us to set aside partisan politics and work together to make progress on the issues that affect their everyday lives. Now that Congress has the president's budget, we must go to work finding principled, bipartisan compromises to fund our government in a responsible way and pass legislation that takes long-overdue action on our country's highest priorities."