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The NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) stands with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson in calling on Congress to reject the harmful provisions proposed in the recently introduced Fiscal Responsibility Act. The Virginia NAACP echos NAACP call urging Congress to reject the statutory end of the student loan payment pause, protect critically important tools to fight environmental racism including not usurping the permitting process for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, reject a new PAYGO provision that would prevent agencies from addressing pressing social needs, and block onerous new work requirements for key program.
The Virginia NAACP and its partners and allies have been fighting the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline for years. Through these times, environmental, social, and health experts have proven that the negative cost associated with the project outweighs the benefits that would be experienced by Virginians.
Robert N. Barnette, Jr, president of the NAACP Virginia State Conference stated:
“Virginians have resoundingly rejected the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We must continue to battle this project. Removing important permitting regulations in order to fast track harmful projects will only lead to climatic, health, and economic failures. We must not allow harmful projects to be fast-tracked, our regulatory policies were created to protect human and natural resources and it is imperative we keep people over corporate profit”
The Virginia NAACP strongly opposes removing important permitting regulations in order to fast track harmful projects that will only lead to climatic, health, and economic failures. Lastly, the Virginia NAACP applauds US Senator Tim Kaine and US Representative Jennifer McClellan’s proposed amendment to remove the Mountain Valley pipeline from the Fiscal Responsibility Act.
While we strongly support efforts to keep our government running, it must not be done at the expense of our community, our environment, or the future of our youths. Embedded in the Fiscal Responsibility Act are extremely dangerous provisions intended to end the critical legislation to support clean, healthy, and thriving communities.