House GOP Passes Bill To Cut EPA Funding By 40%

On Friday, the House Republicans passed a funding bill with a majority vote of 213-203, which reduces the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by almost 40%.

This bill’s approval would result in the EPA having its smallest budget in the past 30 years.

Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania.), Mike Lawler (R-New York), and Marc Molinaro (R-New York) opposed the bill. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Texas) voted in favor of the bill.

For years, Republicans have expressed their grievances toward the agency that deals with issues of pollution, contamination and climate change, claiming that it goes beyond its appropriate boundaries.

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!

A week of political news in your in-box.
We find the news you need to know, so you don't have to.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who leads the subcommittee responsible for drafting the bill, described the reduced funding it would offer as a crucial measure to limit inflation and the country’s debt. Simpson stated that making tough decisions to reduce federal spending is not an easy task, but it was necessary given the national debt of over $33 trillion and the high inflation levels.

The GOP bill is highly unlikely to be approved in the current budget cycle, but it serves as a point of departure for negotiations between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate regarding government funding.

The GOP’s objective is to pass all 12 annual government funding bills before the November 17 cutoff to prevent a shutdown. But the remaining five bills present a challenge, as Republicans struggle to maintain unified on spending.

Maria Fox

Recent Posts

Biden’s New Regulation Will Limit Toxic Chemicals In Drinking Water Across The Country

President Joe Biden's administration announced the first-ever national limits on toxic "forever chemicals" in drinking water. This…

3 hours ago

Senate Dismisses Impeachment Charges Against Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas

On Wednesday, the Senate dismissed the articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. House…

3 hours ago

Biden Achieves Highest Approval Rating Since November

A new poll marked a four-point increase in approval rating for President Joe Biden, his highest since…

1 day ago

House Speaker Mike Johnson Announces Foreign Aid Plan For Ukraine & Israel

On Monday, House Speaker Mike Johnson announced the House will take up separate bills to provide aid…

1 day ago

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Will Not Run As A Libertarian Presidential Candidate

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will not consider a run as a Libertarian…

2 days ago

As Trump’s Hush Money Trial Begins, Judge Denies Request To Recuse Himself

On the first day of Donald Trump's criminal trial in Manhattan, Judge Juan Merchan denied a motion by…

2 days ago