Lawmakers clash over climate riders, cuts in spending bills

By Andres Picon | 06/04/2024 06:40 AM EDT

Democrats derided three House appropriations bills over proposed cuts to climate initiatives.

Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.).

Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) called a GOP-led spending bill "shocking" for its "indifference to our planet." Andrew Harnik/AP

House lawmakers sparred over a trio of fiscal 2025 spending bills Monday, rekindling the kinds of partisan feuds on climate and energy riders that contributed to the chaotic fiscal 2024 appropriations process.

The arguments began Monday morning with the release of House Republicans’ fiscal 2025 bills for the State and Homeland Security departments.

It picked up again in the afternoon with a Rules Committee debate on the bill governing Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which the full House will vote on Tuesday.


For the second year in a row, what historically are considered some of the least controversial of the 12 spending bills yielded Democratic eye rolls, snarky criticisms and promises to reject GOP proposals to defund federal climate initiatives.