Appropriators draw battle lines on fiscal 2025 spending

By Andres Picon | 05/17/2024 06:45 AM EDT

House Republicans proposed top-line funding levels that would slash nondefense spending, including for energy and environment accounts.

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.).

House Appropriations Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) is planning to begin releasing fiscal 2025 spending bills next week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republican appropriators are resurrecting last year’s playbook for the upcoming fiscal 2025 spending fight, once again eyeing across-the-board cuts to nondefense funding that will target a range of energy, climate and environment programs.

Appropriations Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) on Thursday laid out his vision for what he said will be a “very aggressive” push among Republicans to quickly draft fiscal 2025 spending measures.

Eager to avoid delays — and concerned about the ballooning deficit — they will kick off a breakneck stretch of bill markups next week, abiding by the strict spending caps imposed by last year’s debt ceiling agreement.


“There will be reductions — we knew that,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chair of the House Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. “It’s the only way you turn the ship around.”