House Republicans propose to slash EPA, Interior bureaus

By Michael Doyle, Sean Reilly | 06/27/2024 01:45 PM EDT

The fiscal 2025 Interior-Environment bill is also full of policy riders.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who chairs the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released his fiscal 2025 bill Thursday morning. Francis Chung/POLITICO

House Republicans on Thursday unveiled a $38.5 billion fiscal 2025 funding package for the Interior Department, EPA and other agencies that would reinforce wildland firefighting and energy production but also slash through key Biden administration priorities.

Some Biden initiatives would be eliminated altogether under the Interior-Environment appropriations bill that would provide the EPA with $7.36 billion, a 20 percent cut from fiscal 2024.

The bill would provide the Interior Department with $14.7 billion, $42 million below the fiscal 2024 level.


“I promised to craft a fiscally responsible bill that reins in unnecessary federal spending and one that rejects President Biden’s misguided regulatory agenda,” said Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chair of the House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee.