New spending bills target SEC, Pentagon climate rules

By Andres Picon | 06/05/2024 06:26 AM EDT

House Republicans are poised to approve their first fiscal 2025 appropriations measure this week.

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.).

Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), chair of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, at the Capitol. On Tuesday, Calvert defended climate riders and cuts for fiscal 2025. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

House appropriators released the text for two more fiscal 2025 spending bills Tuesday, riling Democrats with fresh riders and cuts aimed at federal climate initiatives.

The bills to fund the Defense and Treasury departments will be marked up by their respective subcommittees Wednesday. Both contain a number of energy and environment provisions that Republicans introduced last year, drawing scorn from across the aisle.

For example, Democrats bristled at sections that would bar the Pentagon and the Securities and Exchange Commission from implementing proposals to require certain emissions disclosures. They also railed against riders that would target energy efficiency and electric vehicle programs.


“This is just a rehash of last year, where they include a lot of poison pills they know will not have any chance of passing,” Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), ranking member on the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, told E&E News. “To what end?”