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Interior, EPA might be spared deepest cuts

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May 16, 2024
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House GOP appropriators want to trim Interior and EPA programs again, but they might spare them the deep cuts they proposed last year.

Why it matters: EPA and some Interior bureaus already got haircuts this year, as the agencies scramble to push IRA and infrastructure law money out the door.

Driving the news: Approps Chair Tom Cole offered a look on Wednesday at the allocations for each subcommittee, with cuts across the board for non-defense spending.

  • The Interior-environment bill would get $39.6 billion, compared to the $41.2 billion bill Congress passed earlier this year.
  • That's a smaller cut than other agencies might see, and it's much more funding than the initial $25.4 billion spending bill House Republicans offered in fiscal 2024.
  • The energy-water title, meanwhile, could see $25 billion in non-defense spending, which is similar to the fiscal 2024 enacted level.

Yes, but: These are "interim" numbers, per the committee, that could change as the process moves forward.

What's next: Both titles are set for markups on June 28.

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