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Democrats tout infrastructure bills as Trump abruptly drops issue

Key House Democrats say they remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner to advance comprehensive infrastructure legislation.

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Appropriators Spurn GOP Efforts To Scale Back EPA Power, FY20 Budget

House Democrats have rejected Republican attempts to fight funding increases for EPA enforcement or restore riders limiting EPA's authority, a trend that appears likely to repeat itself during subsequent floor action on the agency's fiscal year 2020 spending bill, which is expected in June at the earliest.

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Funds are running out at EPA-NIEHS children's centers

Funding for a center in San Francisco will run out by the end of this month. “Then we’re done,” the center's director says.

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House Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Controversial EPA Science Data, PM Measures

House appropriators are ramping up their scrutiny of some of the Trump EPA's controversial science decisions, all but barring the agency from advancing its data transparency rule until after consulting with its own science advisors and then requiring the agency to seek National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review of any final data rule.

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Funding Bar On Paris Exit May Indicate Democrats' Selective Rider Strategy

House Democrats are advancing a fiscal year 2020 State Department spending bill that would bar the Trump administration from using funds to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a move that may signal a selective strategy on environmental policy riders after an initial draft EPA funding bill largely omitted them.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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EPA on track to propose lead rule revisions this summer

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed drinking water rule is “going over to OMB in the next couple of weeks.”

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EPA Rejects Call In Scathing OIG Report To Recoup Pruitt's Travel Costs

EPA is rejecting a call from its Office of Inspector General (OIG) to recoup nearly $125,000 in travel costs related to former Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision for him and his protective detail to fly first-class due to alleged security concerns, arguing that the trips complied with federal travel rules.

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House Energy Panel Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Targets Climate, Water

House energy panel Democrats are floating a sweeping infrastructure bill that targets climate change and drinking water quality with billions of dollars in grants for energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewable power, and drinking water systems, including efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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House Appropriators Propose To Boost EPA's FY20 Funds By $672 Million

The House Appropriations Committee is floating increases to EPA funding in its fiscal year 2020 spending bill for the agency, laying out a plan that would reverse years of proposed and actual decreases in EPA funding and which sets up further negotiations with the GOP-controlled Senate and White House.

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