This week, the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations approved a spending bill for environmental agencies amounting to $32.2 billion. This includes $11 billion for the Interior Department, $10 billion for EPA, and $4.9 billion for the Forest Service. Click here for a summary table of the bill.
Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) proposed an amendment requiring a two-year hold on regulating stationary sources of greenhouse gases, which failed to pass at a tally of 7-7. Ranking Member Mike Simpson (R-ID) proposed an amendment that would prevent EPA from using the appropriated money to change how “navigable waters” is defined under the Federal Water Pollution Act; the amendment failed with a 5-9 party vote. (By: Jason Markovich, Contact: Nathan Bowen)