House Panel Backs $24B Spending Bill Slashing EPA Budget

Law360, New York (July 31, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- House Appropriations Committee members Wednesday mostly backed a proposed $24.3 billion fiscal year 2014 funding bill that heavily cuts funding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior and several other agencies, despite wrangling over the priorities of the bill.

During more than four hours of often-contentious debate before breaking for a recess, the committee members considered 13 amendments to the bill, with votes in the Republican-dominated committee falling along party lines, leaving the initial version of the legislation largely intact.

The bill,...
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