Rep. Adriano Espaillat Votes to Re-Open All of Our National Parks with Full Staffing and to Allow EPA to Resume Its Activities Protecting Public Health

January 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) joined House Democrats to pass the FY 2019 Department of the Interior and EPA appropriations bill to prevent the degradation of New York’s six national monuments and allow the EPA to resume its critical activities in protecting clean air and clean water for New York families.  New York’s $222.3 million in EPA state grants are currently at risk because of the Trump Shutdown.

“Since the Trump Shutdown began, many of America’s treasured National Parks have seen degradation – filled with garbage, increasingly unsanitary conditions, and even damage to fragile ecosystems,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). “Additionally, there have been unsafe conditions for visitors in the parks.  Democrats are taking swift action to honor our duty to end this chaos, keep people safe and be responsible stewards of these precious resources that are the economic and cultural heart of so many New York communities.

“At the same time, for over two weeks, the EPA has been unable to perform its essential, life-saving role of protecting the clean air our children breathe and the clean water that they drink,” continued Rep. Espaillat. “Yet, the President doesn’t seem to care, threatening to keep the government and its critical services for public health closed for ‘years.’  Key EPA grants to fund environment protection activities in the states cannot go out when the EPA is shut down.  Our state relies on this funding every year – and as long as the Trump Shutdown continues, the health and well-being of New York’s children remain at risk and our communities will needlessly suffer.”


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First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and the House Select Committee on Small Business.  He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) and serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing.  Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at

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