It appears that the effort to protect the EPA through the federal budget process is working???Politico reports that a number of House Representatives might be willing to give up on including anti-EPA provisions in the spending bill.
Freshman Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)???who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee??? has stated that "I want to see spending cuts, and that's right now where I think the speaker is and where the majority of the caucus is. I haven't seen anybody say that they have to have this or that on the EPA."
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)???another freshman who sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee???also claimed that he would be willing to sacrifice anti-EPA provisions if there were enough spending cuts.
A number of other Reps.???including Lee Terry (R-NE), John Shimkus (R-IL) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ)???have also signaled that blocking the EPA is not necessarily one of their top priorities at this time.
Funding for the federal government will run out on Friday unless a new spending bill is passed.