As Obama once said, elections have consequences.
(The Hill)– A government spending bill authored by House Republicans that would block funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending climate rules is “irresponsible and reckless,” a “preliminary analysis” of the legislation being circulated by the administration says.
“The impacts of some language would be far wider than they intend,” the analysis, obtained by The Hill from a source in the administration, says.
The analysis represents an initial effort by the administration to push back against the legislation, which would cut spending by $100 billion when compared to President Obama’s 2011 budget request. The bill would also cut the EPA’s budget by $3 billion. If passed, the bill would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
…The provision was added into the government spending bill after the EPA vetoed a permit for a major mountaintop removal mine project in West Virginia. The move enfuriated Republicans, who argue that such efforts create industry uncertainty.