A Senate spending subcommittee and the House Appropriations Committee both approved bills to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) climate regulations and cut the agency’s budget despite strong opposition. The Senate Bill allowed $30.01 for the EPA and related agencies 2016 budget, while the House bill approved funding for 30.17 billion.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska said: “The Senate bill aggressively deals with the EPA’s regulatory overreach on both the funding end and the sensible policy provisions.”
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) admonished the GOP for “ideological” policy provisions that do not belong in spending legislation. This bill “weakens the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and other important laws, and would weaken them permanently” he said.