The bill also makes smaller cuts in the Interior budget than the White House Office of Management and Budget wants. The bill will next be considered by the full committee, where it is expected that hundreds of amendments, most of them to increase spending for specific programs, will be offered.
Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert’s (R-CA) bill does contain $58 million for employee buyouts at the EPA. The OMB wants to reduce EPA’s workforce by 3,800 employees below the current level of 14,700. The EPA has said that it will offer buyouts to 1,200 employees this year.