Cookie campaign targets EPA ahead of Trump’s budget cuts

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees received hundreds of cookies last week from concerned citizens fearing that funding for the agency would be slashed by Trump’s budget proposal, reports The Washington Free Beacon.

The cookies were sent to the EPA last Monday ahead of Trump’s release of his budget proposal and were wrapped in labels that read: “To: EPA Staff. From: America.”

The packaging said, “Thank you so much for all you do. You save lives. You make the world better.”

According to The Washington Examiner, on the back of each package of cookies was a personalized story from Americans who suffer from asthma and other ailments.

“Thanks to your work on air quality standards in Northwest Indiana,” read one message from Sarah in Indiana. She added: “my 11-year-old child finally has her asthma under control,” according to The Washington Post.

President Trump released his budget plan last Thursday, which calls for slashing the EPA’s budget by 31 percent and laying off 3,200 agency employees, says the report.

The proposed EPA budget cuts occur after the agency has experienced a rocky history in recent years, which may have been a contributing factor. In 2015, it was discovered that the EPA dumped one million gallons of wastewater containing dangerous heavy metals into the Colorado river while they were exploring the Gold King Mine.

Then, in 2016, high-level EPA officials were back in the spotlight for not taking corrective action after an intern complained that one of the agency’s environmental scientists allegedly sexually harassed her.

Only a month after the harassment incident was filed, the EPA was under fire again for an employee who was “a notorious pornography watcher” and admitted to spending an “average of two to six hours a day watching porn on the job,” the Beacon reported.

A statement issued by the director of the White House Office on Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney indicated that the EPA funding cuts reflect Trump’s opposition to climate change and that he considers it to be a “waste of your money.”

“As to climate change, I think the president was fairly straightforward, we are not spending money on that anymore,” said Mick Mulvaney. “We consider that to be a waste of your money.”

H/T: Free Beacon

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