The U.S. House Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s budget bill released Tuesday calls for $2.8 billion in cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for fiscal year 2014 —a 34 percent decrease in funding over the prior year. Among other effects, the measure would eviscerate EPA’s program to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and cap agency staffing at 1992 levels.
“In order to fund critical ‘must-do’ priorities, like human health, public safety, and treaty obligations and responsibilities, we’ve had to reduce and even terminate some programs that are popular with both members of Congress and the American people,” said Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho.
Research shows that hazardous air emissions are linked to a whole range of serious and immediate human health risks and can worsen asthma and other respiratory diseases, and cause heart attacks, cancers and stroke.
Ranking subcommittee member Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., called the bill “unacceptable” for bending to special interests and its cuts to Brownsfields programs, clean water programs and other environmental safeguards.
APHA has been an active and vocal advocate of the work of EPA to safeguard the public’s health and is committed to protecting the agency’s authority over the full breadth of its critical work.