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House Republicans Reject Trump's Bid to Slash EPA's Funding

  • GOP budget measure would trim EPA funding by 6.5 percent
  • Trump’s spending plan had called for 31 percent reduction
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What the U.S. Departure Means for the Paris Agreement

House Republicans rejected Donald Trump’s steep budgets cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency as members of the president’s party instead offered a trim in spending for the environmental regulator.

The White House had proposed a record 31 percent cut to the agency’s roughly $8 billion budget, telling lawmakers it wanted to cut 3,200 jobs and shrink or eliminate a wide swath of programs, including those aimed cutting lead poisoning and improving the health of the Great Lakes. Instead, congressional appropriators released a bill Tuesday that would slice the agency’s budget by 6.5 percent to $7.5 billion.