Trump Budget Plan Seeks Long-Shot Energy Funding Cuts

Law360 (March 11, 2019, 8:02 PM EDT) -- The Trump administration's proposed 2020 budget, released Monday, rehashes its 2019 plan to slash the U.S. Department of Energy's research and development programs and sell off federally owned transmission systems, but the White House will likely strike out again in Congress, where both items consistently enjoy bipartisan support.

The administration is proposing a $31.7 billion budget for the DOE in the 2020 fiscal year, an 11 percent drop compared to enacted levels for the 2019 fiscal year. The brunt of that reduction would be borne by familiar faces: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and several R&D programs that...

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