CEI’s Director of the Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell responded to the passage of the Interior-Environmental Protection Agency budget by the House Appropriations Committee:
“While the Interior-EPA spending bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee contains some useful policy riders, it undermines the Trump administration’s agenda. By making only modest spending cuts at EPA, and by failing to eliminate a number of programs on OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s list, it fails to seize bold opportunities for reform.
“We hope that amendments will be offered on the floor to restore all of the major budget cuts and program eliminations contained in the President’s budget.
“On the Interior side, the bill yet again contains funding–$275 million–to buy private land and turn it into federal land. What the Congress should be doing to protect the environment, improve rural economies, and reduce federal spending is start getting rid of federal land.”