The legislation would include language requiring the repeal of water jurisdiction regulations and include funding for buyouts at the agency. But it wouldn’t include the deep cuts Trump proposed in May, when administration officials said they wanted to end 50 department programs and eliminate 3,200 of the agency’s 15,000 jobs.
The spending bill also includes funding for the Interior Department, the Forest Service and related agencies. It’s a $31.4 billion bill, which is $824 million less than current levels and $4.3 billion higher than Trump’s budget.
House Republicans have long tried to pare down the size of the EPA’s budget. But the cuts Trump proposed were significantly higher than they were willing to accept, a message they delivered to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt when he testified before the Appropriations Committee last month.
“The agencies funded in the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill do important work protecting public lands, the air we breathe and the water we drink,” Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), who chairs the Appropriations Committee’s Interior and EPA panel, said in a statement. Calvert’s subcommittee will mark up the bill on Wednesday.
“Our subcommittee prioritized proven programs that have a meaningful impact to achieve these goals while also ensuring our economy can continue to grow.”
Source: The Hill