Statement of Harold Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association, on Expected Senate Budget Votes
(March 25, 2015) - Washington, D.C.
Ahead of expected back-to back U.S. Senate votes on amendments to the fiscal year 2016 budget resolution this week, Harold Wimmer, National President & CEO of the American Lung Association, issued the following statement:
“The American Lung Association urges the U.S. Senate to reject amendments to the FY 2016 Budget Resolution that would undermine critical clean air safeguards. Every year, the Clean Air Act successfully reduces dangerous outdoor air pollution from sources such as power plants and motor vehicles, preventing hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks as well as heart attacks, strokes, and premature deaths.
“Our nation has made excellent progress in the fight for healthy air, but millions of Americans are still at risk. And climate change is making it harder to achieve healthy air. Congress must uphold and strengthen protections to reduce pollution, especially ozone and carbon pollution from power plants. We hope Senators will side with the health and lives of their constituents rather than the business interests of polluters.
“Americans deserve air to breathe that will not make them sick or die prematurely. We must continue to reduce air pollution and address climate change to protect our health. Our budget should reflect these clear public health priorities.”