11 Apr '11, 8am

Last ditch US budget deal averts environmental riders

A shutdown of non-essential US federal services, including the operations of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy, was narrowly averted late on Friday night after Democrats and Republicans agreed to deep budget cuts of $38bn over the next six months. The cuts were deeper than the $33bn originally agreed by the Obama administration, but crucially the budget was finalised without the inclusion of environmental and social policy riders on which the Republican leadership had been insisting. FURTHER READING Updated: Bangkok meeting stalls as US dismisses talk of international treaty House passes EPA-blocking bill as shutdown looms Republican House Speaker John Boehner had been calling for the budget to block spending on abortion services, the EPA's new greenhouse gas emission rules, and regulations governing mountaintop removal coal mining. But in ...

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