U.S. Chemical Safety Board funding resurrected in House appropriations bill
Posted July 13, 2017
On July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released the fiscal year 2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill would fully fund the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which had been slated for defunding in President Trump’s budget request.
The bill, which will be considered in subcommittee on July 12, also includes funding for EPA, the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and other independent and related agencies.
All told, the bill would provide $31.4 billion in funding, which is $824 million under the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $4.3 billion above the President’s budget request.
The bill would fund EPA at $7.5 billion, a reduction of $528 million below FY 2017 enacted level and $1.9 billion above the Trump administration’s request. Language included in the legislation would authorize EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the Waters of the United States rule.
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