Last week, the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed allocated budget, which will evade the substantial EPA budget cuts President Trump proposed earlier this year.
The budget proposed to the Appropriations Committee last week would decrease the EPA’s budget by $528 million to a total of $7.5 billion, $1.9 billion above President Trump’s proposed EPA budget. During the budget allocation process, subcommittees will write budgets for multiple government agencies, then present the budgets to the Appropriations Committee, and later the House of Representatives.
The EPA-funding committee chairman, Ken Calvert R-Calif., issued a report detailing the committee’s proposed budget. In the budget, the committee opposes any cuts to the EPA’s Waste Minimization and Recycling Program, part of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The committee’s proposed budget would provide the RCRA with $100.9 million in funding during fiscal year 2018.