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House Has Begun Debate on FY 16 Funding for EPA

Yesterday, the House began to debate the FY 16 Appropriations bill that funds EPA.  HR 2822, The Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, is one of the more contentious funding measures.  In fact, this is the first time in four years that funding for the Department of Interior and EPA has been debated on the House Floor.
The House has taken a wide-ranging but time-limited approach on how amendments can be offered and debated.  There is no limit to the number of amendments that may be offered; however, debate is limited to five minutes for supporters and five minutes for opposers to make their case.  Not surprisingly, Democrats are focusing on amendments related to EPA’s air and water issues (Clean Power Plan and Waters of the US) as well as various endangered species and ivory trafficking concerns.  Consideration of additional amendments and final votes on the bill are not expected to take place until after the July 4th Recess.