The U.S. House of Representatives has begun pushing through amendments to their omnibus spending bill, including:
- An amendment to restore funding for EPA’s Environmental Justice Program (Rep. Grijalva)
- An amendment to increase funding for EPA’s Lake Champlain program (Rep. Welch and Rep. Stefanik)
- An amendment to increase funding for EPA’s Southern New England program (Rep. Langevin)
- An amendment to increase funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund by $250 million (Rep. Katko; to increase this takes money from EPA’s Environmental Program Management account, which is where the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative sits)
- An amendment to strike a rider exempting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from following public comment procedures for repealing the Clean Water Rule (Rep. Beyer)
- An amendment to prohibit U.S. EPA from using funding to enforce the Chesapeake Bay’s pollution diet (Rep. Goodlatte)
It is worth noting that this effort in the U.S. House is largely symbolic due to the fact that the omnibus exceeds the spending limit imposed on Fiscal Year 2018, and if successfully passed would trigger sequester cuts. These cuts are politically unpalatable in the U.S. Senate.
Today the U.S. Senate voted to extend the Debt Limit while also providing relief funding for Hurricane Harvey victims, a move that keeps the government open through December 8th.