Interior, EPA cuts set as lawmakers finish 6 spending bills

By Timothy Cama | 02/29/2024 06:33 AM EST

Congressional leaders have worked out a deal to finish their fiscal 2024 work. The first six bills are expected in the coming days.

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), ranking member of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, on Wednesday lamented planned cuts. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Congressional leaders may have struck a deal to keep the government open temporarily, but they are still likely days away from releasing the text for full-year spending bills for environmental and energy agencies.

One thing is clear: There will be cuts to some bills.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Lawmakers said that funding levels for fiscal 2024 bills will adhere to limits established in last year’s Fiscal Responsibility Act.


While the title funding the Department of Energy is expected to get a slight increase, one top Democratic appropriator confirmed that there would be cuts to the bill funding Interior and EPA.