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ADMINISTRATION REJECTS EPA REQUEST FOR FY06 SECURITY FUNDING BOOST

The Bush administration has rejected an EPA request for up to $161 million in supplemental homeland security funds for fiscal year 2006, raising concerns that some EPA program offices may have to fund their homeland security efforts from their environmental budgets, agency sources say.

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FUNDING SHORTAGE COULD HAMPER NEW APPROACH TO REDUCE GULF HYPOXIA

Scarce resources could prevent EPA and other federal agencies from conducting research to determine whether they should shift their approach to reducing low oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico to focus on phosphorus rather than nitrogen pollution, one EPA source says.

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SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO CREATE INFRASTRUCTURE COMMISSION

Sens. Bob Graham (D-FL) and George Voinovich (R-OH) recently introduced legislation that could fill the resource gap between national infrastructure needs and available money by establishing a national commission to conduct a study making the case for increased funding.

The effort comes as lawmakers have struggled to find agreement on water and highway infrastructure legislation in the 108th Congress, leading to funding levels for both areas that have been criticized as inadequate.

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OMNIBUS BILL CUTS EPA FUNDS FOR FY05, REJECTS CONTROVERSIAL 'RIDERS'

An omnibus appropriations bill Congress approved Nov. 20 will slightly cut overall EPA spending, with the agency's water infrastructure loan program suffering the brunt of those reductions.

At the same time, lawmakers included several "riders" that will ease environmental protections for cattle grazing and wildlife areas, while rejecting other controversial proposals that environmentalists had argued would have gutted the Endangered Species Act.

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OMNIBUS BILL SLIGHTLY CUTS EPA SPENDING, REJECTS CONTROVERSIAL 'RIDERS'

An omnibus appropriations bill approved Nov. 20 by Congress will slightly cut overall U.S. EPA spending, with the agency's water infrastructure loan program suffering the brunt of those reductions. At the same time, lawmakers included several "riders" that will ease environmental protections for cattle grazing and wildlife areas, while rejecting other controversial proposals that environmentalists had argued would have gutted the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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ADMINISTRATION REJECTS EPA REQUEST FOR FY06 SECURITY FUNDING BOOST

The Bush administration has rejected an EPA request for up to $161 million in supplemental homeland security funds for fiscal year 2006, raising concerns that some EPA program offices may have to fund their homeland security efforts from their environmental budgets, agency sources say.

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Omnibus Bill Cuts EPA Spending Slightly, Rejects Controversial 'Riders'

An omnibus appropriations bill approved by Congress on Nov. 20 will slightly cut overall EPA spending, with the agency's water infrastructure loan program suffering the brunt of those reductions. At the same time, lawmakers included several "riders" that will ease environmental protections for cattle grazing and wildlife areas, while rejecting other controversial proposals that environmentalists had argued would have gutted the Endangered Species Act.

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DEVELOPERS DRAFT PLAN TO AMEND SPECIES ACT IN UPCOMING BUDGET BILL

Developers are asking U.S. lawmakers to include in an omnibus appropriations bill a proposal that would amend the Endangered Species Act, which environmentalists say would overturn recent court decisions that favor tough protections of threatened wildlife under the statute.

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Lawmakers Seek Deal On Army Corps Reforms In Water Resources Bill

House and Senate lawmakers are negotiating whether to mandate reforms to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' method for approving navigation and other water resource projects in the agency's 2005 authorization bill, in the hopes of attaching the measure to an upcoming omnibus spending bill, environmentalists and congressional sources say.

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Administration Rebuffs EPA Request For FY06 Security Funding Boost

The Bush administration has rejected an EPA request for up to $161 million in supplemental homeland security funds for fiscal year 2006, raising concerns that some EPA program offices may have to fund their homeland security efforts from their environmental budgets, agency sources say.

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