Watch CBS News

Schumer: EPA Must Be Protected From Cuts

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- The Trump administration wants to gut the Environmental Protection Agency by cutting its budget by 31 percent.

But as WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is trying to prevent that from happening.

"We will not let them cut the EPA," Schumer said.

Standing with environmental advocates at a community garden on the Lower East Side, Schumer said cutting pollution programs will lead to more sickness.

"So this rollback leaves millions of Americans at great risk to their health; their lives," Schumer said.

He said there is no time to waste.

"We have to do something about climate change now," he said.

Schumer said as long as Democrats have a say in the budget process, they will fight for the EPA.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.