‘SIGNIFICANT IMPACT’ ON EPA

Top Obama administration officials lashed out Tuesday at the House Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding bill set for a vote this week.

EPA head Gina McCarthy told reporters that the bill would have a “significant impact” on the agency’s ability to carry on its core functions of protecting the country’s air and water.

“The appropriations bill currently under consideration by the House would have far-reaching consequences for the agency’s ability to ensure protections of public health and the environment,” McCarthy said.

The House and Senate bills sponsored by Republicans to fund the EPA would cut its budget by 9 percent and 7 percent, respectively.

Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said it is part of a troubling pattern of congressional Republicans using appropriations to accomplish ideological policy goals.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that Republicans are attempting to hijack the appropriations process to accomplish unrelated ideological proposals,” he said. “We will not accept Republicans using it that way.”

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