Key Republican appropriators unveiled a proposal Wednesday for the 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill with an emphasis on drastically reducing the EPA budget.
The spending bill, which currently resides in subcommittee, slashes $1.8 billion from the White House’s requested levels for the EPA. The measure includes cuts to wastewater and drinking water infrastructure funding, grants for state environmental programs, and cleanup programs for the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.
Among other anti-environmental provisions, the bill also includes a series of riders designed to curb the EPA’s ability to regulate clean air, water and environmental safety policies.
Some of the most disturbing riders included in the proposal were:
The measure is expected to be voted on by the subcommittee on Thursday.