White House proposes significant EPA cuts in FY18 budget

Last week, the White House released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. As expected, the proposal includes severe cuts to government agencies but also expands support for some programs related to critical infrastructure. As proposed, the budget would lead to a 31 percent reduction in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the reduction of EPA staff by 3,200 positions and the elimination of more than 50 EPA programs.

As proposed, the budget would lead to a 31 percent reduction in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the reduction of EPA staff by 3,200 positions and the elimination of more than 50 EPA programs. These proposed cuts are not certain to be implemented, however, as Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate have been critical of many of the proposed funding cuts and stressed that it is ultimately Congress’ responsibility for writing and approving the federal budget.  Read more...