A Senate subcommittee rejected the Trump administrations proposed cuts to the EPA on Tuesday and approved a $35.85 funding bill instead.
The total proposed funding level for fiscal 2019 is 26.7 percent higher than what President Trump asked for in his budget proposal earlier this year, which was $28.3 billion. It's about $600 million higher than the funding Congress gave to the agencies for fiscal 2018.
The proposal gained recent bipartisan support in the Senate Appropriations Committee's subpanel with responsibility for Interior and EPA.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), the subpanel's chairwoman, said the bill rejects "unwarranted decreases proposed in the budget and [makes] investments in our highest priorities, especially infrastructure investment for the land management agencies, Indian country and wastewater and drinking water improvements."
Sen. Tom Udall (N.M.), the panel's top Democrat, said he was able to support the bill that he and Murkowski wrote because of the major budget agreement that Congress and Trump reached earlier this year.
"That allowed us to provide targeted but important increases to programs funded by this bill and to reject the administration's unjustifiable cuts to Indian education and healthcare and EPA's bedrock environmental enforcement functions, as well as its proposal to eliminate the Land and Water Conservation Fund and hemorrhage many of our national cultural institutions."
The EPA's funding would be $8.82 billion, the same as fiscal 2018. Trump had sought a cut to $6.1 billion.
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