Lawmakers to question CEQ, Interior, Army Corps officials

By Manuel Quiñones | 05/14/2024 06:31 AM EDT

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will also make the latest of several appearances.

Brenda Mallory.

Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory will appear before the House Natural Resources Committee. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory will be one of this week’s star witnesses on Capitol Hill in defense of the president’s fiscal 2025 budget plan.

Members of the Natural Resources Committee — particularly Republicans — will most likely have sharp questions for Mallory about the White House’s National Environmental Policy Act implementation rules.

Not only is the administration undoing Trump-era standards to elevate climate concerns, but CEQ is also working on implementing NEPA reforms in last year’s debt ceiling compromise.


Republicans like Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) and Senate Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are furious with Mallory’s direction. They are trying to undo the latest NEPA rules through the Congressional Review Act.