The budget deal proposed by Democrats on Republicans on Tuesday includes restoration of cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency under sequestration. House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) had fought to remove EPA rules regulating carbon emissions, but failed in his attempt to cut funding from the EPA for enforcement of such rules.
As compensation, Republicans did prevent the Department of Energy from immediately enforcing the incandescent lightbulb ban.
While the EPA will have its funding cut $143 from last year, it will still have $8.2 billion to spend, $47 million more than President Obama’s budget request. Republicans continue to state that the agency budget is down 20% since 2010, but that is weak tea considering the elevation in the agency’s budget prior to sequestration.
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