The bill continues a cap on EPA's personnel, cuts operational accounts by $921 million, cuts the office of the EPA Administrator by more than 30%, cuts the EPA Congressional Affairs office by 50%, and makes other cuts and reductions to programs within the agency.
The legislation also includes provisions to "rein in various problematic, costly, and potentially job-killing regulatory actions by the Administration."
Targeted actions include language related to the "stream buffer rule"; changes to the definition of navigable waters under the Clean Water Act and "new source" performance standards.
Related agency cuts
Scale-backs under the bill also include a cut of $76 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and approximately $20 million below the level caused by sequestration for the Bureau of Land Management. Reforms deal largely with oil and gas permitting.
The Fish and Wildlife Service also saw a cut of $401 million – or 27% – below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level, and the bill also reduces funding for the U.S. Geological Survey by 9%.
“Simply put, this bill makes very difficult choices in an extremely tough budget environment. In order to fund critical ‘must-do’ priorities, like human health, public safety, and treaty obligations and responsibilities, we’ve had to reduce and even terminate some programs that are popular with both Members of Congress and the American people," said Interior Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.
"We are going to continue to see these kinds of dramatic reductions as long as we keep trying to reduce the debt by cutting discretionary spending alone, rather than also tackling mandatory spending, which is the real driver of our debt," Simpson said.
For a closer look at the bill's funding priorities, click here.