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Congress Urged To Include Water Funds In Pending Infrastructure Package

As Congress gears up to craft infrastructure funding legislation, dozens of industry, state, water and environmental groups are urging lawmakers to ensure that any bill funds a range of water and wastewater projects along with the transportation infrastructure it is widely expected to fund.

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Environmentalists Seek To Continue Some EPA Suits As Shutdown Drags On

Environmentalists are pushing back against EPA's efforts to stay all regulatory challenges and other litigation where the agency is a party until the government shutdown ends, arguing officials including Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys have authority to keep working on any case where a judge orders proceedings to continue.

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Industry Groups See Shutdown Starting To Hinder EPA Permits, Programs

EPA's ongoing shutdown is starting to hinder the agency's ability to process industry permit applications, engine certifications, and key programs that companies support such as the Energy Star efficiency labeling initiative, according to industry representatives who say the problems will grow if the shutdown persists for several weeks.

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EPA staff to receive partial pay this week

“EPA employees will receive one-half of their salary for a normal pay period for the week of December 23rd,” Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a Jan. 8 note to staff.

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House poised to vote on extending CFATS amid shutdown

The House is set to vote on extending DHS' existing facility security rules, rejecting both GOP and Democrats' calls to revise the program.

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House readies bills to end shutdown at EPA, other agencies

House Democrats are preparing to debate stand-alone bills to resume operations at EPA and other agencies though the measures are not likely to be considered in the Senate.

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White House vows to veto Democrats' bill to reopen EPA

The Trump administration charged in part that it would veto Democrats' bill to reopen the government in part because it includes “excessive” funds for EPA that the administration did not request.

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Extended Shutdown Imperils EPA's Deregulatory Agenda, Worsens Morale

The ongoing, indefinite government shutdown threatens to stall EPA's deregulatory agenda by sidelining staff who were working on high-profile rollbacks of Obama-era regulations and preparing to defend those efforts in court, sources say, while worsening morale and deterring new hires by raising questions over job security at the agency.

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Democrats' bid to end shutdown fails to win Trump support

The White House rejected Democrats' plan that would have level-funded EPA through the end of FY19.

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EPA Braces For Shutdown Following Imminent End To Funding Reserves

EPA is bracing for a shutdown of all operations except essential services following the imminent end to reserve funding that it has been using to stay open amid a partial government shutdown, and is preparing an “orderly” procedure to halting its work given the ongoing impasse over legislation to fund shuttered agencies.

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