House Republicans tee up more anti-climate amendments

By Andres Picon, Emma Dumain | 06/26/2024 06:54 AM EDT

The Rules Committee made in order hundreds of amendments to three spending bills.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), chair of the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, at the Capitol. Diaz-Balart on Tuesday cheered climate spending cuts in fiscal 2025 legislation. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The House this week will consider a host of amendments to three fiscal 2025 spending bills that would block funding for domestic and international climate action.

The House Rules Committee considered more than 1,000 lawmaker proposals for the Defense, Homeland Security and State-Foreign Operations bills Tuesday and ultimately made in order for debate more than 300 amendments. The committee blocked a number of Democratic efforts to strike anti-climate riders already in the bills.

Republican appropriators took a victory lap during the hearing, touting the higher spending levels for the Defense and Homeland Security measures, celebrating the proposed 11 percent cut in the State Department measure and highlighting the myriad proposals aimed at defunding climate initiatives.


“Some will say that cuts of that magnitude will jeopardize United States leadership in the world and make us less safe. I completely disagree. In fact, it’s just the opposite,” said Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.), chair of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee.