House Passes Funding Bill that would Cut EPA Budget by 40%

Today (November 3), the Republican-controlled House approved the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bill that would fund EPA at $6.17 billion, a nearly 40% cut over fiscal year 2023 ($10.14 billion). This amount is also far below the FY24 Senate appropriations level of $9.9 billion. The White House issued a statement on October 30 of President Biden’s intent to veto the bill, citing the cuts to programs related to clean energy, combating climate change, essential nutrition services, law enforcement, consumer safety, education, and healthcare. Congress has until November 17 to either come to an agreement on FY24 spending bills or to pass another continuing resolution (CR). The federal government is currently operating under the CR passed on September 30 that funded the federal agencies at the fiscal year 2023 levels.