Senate, House Move Toward DOI, EPA Spending Bill

Energy Brief: Week in Review & What’s Ahead

By Asha Glover, Morning Consult.

Senate, House Move Toward DOI, EPA Spending Bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Tuesday advanced its $32.034 billion fiscal 2017 bill to appropriate funds for agencies including the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The bill cuts EPA funding and would prohibit the Waters of the United States rule. However, it provides funding to help address water infrastructure issues, such as those in Flint, Mich.

The measure was advanced in 16-14 partisan vote Thursday. It has been reported to the Senate.

In the House, the Appropriations Committee also advanced their version of the bill, which is full of controversial riders. The bill would provide $32.1 billion to agencies, $1 billion below the Obama administration’s proposal.

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