House Republicans advance cuts to clean energy programs

By Nico Portuondo | 07/10/2024 06:18 AM EDT

Appropriators rejected Democratic efforts to shape the fiscal 2025 Energy-Water bill.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann participates in a hearing.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), chair of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, on Capitol Hill this year. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The House Appropriations Committee passed its $59.2 billion fiscal 2025 bill for the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation along party lines on Tuesday.

The bill, which features severe cuts to some of the administration’s clean energy programs and numerous partisan riders, passed 30-26. That after the GOP majority added more measures dubbed as “poison pills” by Democrats.

Republicans highlighted the Energy-Water bill’s increases for DOE’s nuclear office and a new program to research obtaining critical minerals from oil and gas operations, plus hundreds of millions in earmarks for a variety of local Army Corps projects.


“We provide additional funding for nuclear demonstration projects specifically, and the fossil energy and carbon management account includes one of the largest investments focused on mining production technologies for critical minerals,” said House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee Chair Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.).