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Today, President Biden released top-line spending numbers for departments and federal agencies that will prioritize funding for climate change, renewable energy projects and wildlife conservation measures. The budget proposal will also include initial details of the administration’s infrastructure plan. 

“After four years of drastic funding cuts to wildlife conservation programs, today’s budget proposal is a welcome change from the past administration,” said Robert Dewey, vice president for government relations, Defenders of Wildlife. “As species are being lost faster than ever before in human history, Defenders of Wildlife urges the Biden administration to prioritize funding for endangered species, climate change work and environmental justice. We applaud the administration for not requesting additional funding  for construction of the border wall which harms borderland communities and imperiled wildlife. We urge the administration to take the next step and begin work to remove the wall and remediate the damage inflicted on the borderlands and border communities.” 

It is expected that President Biden will release his FY22 federal budget within the upcoming weeks and today’s release is a blueprint of what we can expect to be included. 

Defenders of Wildlife is celebrating 75 years of protecting all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With a nationwide network of nearly 2.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org/newsroom and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

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