Regan making first Hill appearance on fiscal 2025 budget

By Manuel Quiñones, Kevin Bogardus | 04/29/2024 06:35 AM EDT

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland are among the officials returning this week.

Michael Regan.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan on Capitol Hill last year. Regan will be back before lawmakers this week. Francis Chung/POLITICO

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will testify before two congressional panels this week after releasing a host of contentious rules in recent days.

On Tuesday, Regan will appear before the House Interior and the Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. The administrator will then testify before Senate lawmakers Wednesday.

Regan’s main goal will be to defend the administration’s fiscal 2025 budget request for EPA, which seeks $11 billion, a roughly $1.8 billion increase over its current funding.


But lawmakers this year cut the agency by about $1 billion, although the bulk of those cuts are falling on the Superfund program, which is buoyed by revenue from reinstated “polluter pays” taxes.