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House approves FY21 EPA spending bill in 224-189 vote

The “minibus” bill including fiscal year 2021 appropriations for EPA boosts overall agency funding by 3 percent while also targeting several Trump administration environmental policies.

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GOP senators seek clean energy financial aid in COVID bill

Seven GOP senators, including five running for re-election in November, call clean energy investments “fiscally prudent” because they would leverage private funding to boost job gains and economic growth.

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House Democrats’ FY21 Bill Votes Signal Post-Election Priorities For EPA

House Democrats have approved policy riders to EPA’s fiscal year 2021 funding bill limiting the implementation of Trump administration environmental policies while creating new rules for emerging contaminants and boosting water infrastructure funds, signaling Democrats’ early priorities for EPA if Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.

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Senate confirms Vought as OMB director

Russell Vought had been serving as acting chief of the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for more than the past year prior to his July 20 confirmation as permanent OMB director.

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House appropriators seek to protect SAB independence

“The Committee expects the Agency to modify its SAB engagement process to comport with all legal requirements while improving the engagement process,” House appropriators told EPA.

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House poised to take up FY21 EPA funding bill

Democrats’ legislation would give EPA a 3 percent boost in overall funding while also targeting several Trump administration environmental policies.

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EPA announces first-time availability of state WIFIA funds

As part of fiscal year 2020 Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) funding, EPA is making money available for a first-time program aimed at state infrastructure financing authorities.

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Water utilities object to House’s proposed FY21 WIFIA changes

Groups representing drinking water and wastewater utilities say rescinding previously appropriated funds for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan program would cripple it.

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In FY21 Report, House Democrats Renew Concerns With EPA’s Agenda

Democratic appropriators in the House are reiterating and amplifying multiple concerns with EPA’s deregulatory efforts and resistance to Hill oversight, pressing the agency for action or information on numerous topics, including water contamination, toxic chemical risk assessment and agency enforcement.

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House advances FY21 EPA bill with several policy riders

The legislation would provide EPA with $9.4 billion, a 3 percent increase from current levels, while also floating a major increase for various infrastructure programs and targeting several EPA environmental rollbacks.

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