House panels approve big energy, environment cuts

By Nico Portuondo, Garrett Downs, Andres Picon | 06/28/2024 01:53 PM EDT

The full House on Thursday also passed three more fiscal 2025 spending bills.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chair of the Appropriations Interior-Environment Subcommittee, on Capitol Hill on Friday. House Appropriations Committee/YouTube

House Republicans advanced two fiscal 2025 funding packages for energy and environment agencies on Friday, despite resistance from Democrats to deep cuts and policy riders.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water approved its $59.2 billion fiscal 2025 bill for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation by voice vote.

The legislation features severe cuts to DOE’s clean energy programs, including slashing the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy nearly in half.


Democrats did not call for a roll call vote, but did express significant displeasure with the lack of clean energy investment.