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U.S. Sen. Dean Heller

U.S. Sen. Dean Heller on Monday responded to the Trump Administration’s proposal to cut $230 million from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act’s special account at the Department of the Interior.

“The Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act was passed by Congress in 1998 to increase economic development and promote conservation in Southern Nevada. It represents a good-faith agreement between local, state, and federal officials,” said Heller. “This program has invested over $3.4 billion in over 1,200 conservation projects across Nevada, including wildfire prevention, restoration efforts at Lake Tahoe, and the development of parks, trails, and other natural areas. That is why I will continue to defend this program from any attempt to rescind its funding, and I urge the Administration to keep it intact.”

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

“President Trump has offered two proposals that threaten Nevada’s economy and the most vulnerable in our communities. This budget is nothing less than an assault on the health care of Nevadan’s by cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and targeting vulnerable families by ending Medicaid as we know it. It makes short-sighted and unnecessary changes to Pell Grants and student loan programs that would force our kids into even more debt.”

And this budget targets Nevada’s clean energy economy, cutting nearly 72 percent from the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs.

“Paired with this budget, and its 19 percent cut to transportation funding – removing nearly four billion dollars from the Department of Transportation – this White House’s infrastructure proposal shows President Trump is not serious about investing in America. It’s crucial that the White House shows a real commitment toward fixing our decaying infrastructure and building for the future.”

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