26 Jul '11, 12am

Green: Volleys Fly in House Debate on E.P.A. and Interior

The House of Representatives began heated debate on Monday on an appropriations bill for the Department of Interior and Environmental Protection Agency that pits Republican critics of environmental regulation against Democrats who fear that landmark protections could be gutted. The legislation, which could come to a floor vote this week, would cut Interior’s funds by $750 million, or about 7 percent, and the E.P.A.’s budget by $1.5 billion, or 18 percent. (The latter cut would bring reductions in the E.P.A.’s budget to 34 percent over two years.) Yet the fiercest debate seemed to center on 39 riders attached to the bill that would hobble the regulation of big polluters and direct an additional $55 million in subsidies to oil and gas companies. Representative James Moran, Democrat of Virginia, pronounced it “a sad day for the environment, and for America’s great national an...

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