House GOP spending bill targets EPA

Politico reports:

Straining to meet their budget targets, House Republicans proposed a new round of deep cuts from environmental, arts, and wildlife programs Monday, going billions of dollars beyond the across-the-board reductions already ordered by sequestration in March.

The $24.3 billion natural resources bill represents a $5.5 billion reduction from what Congress had approved only last spring and is about $4 billion below what the agencies have been living with since March.

An estimated $1.5 billion in emergency funding is added to meet fire-fighting costs and the Forest Service’s budget would grow chiefly because of wildfire prevention and suppression programs. But elsewhere the picture is exceptionally bleak.

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