President Trump plans to cut the EPA budget by nearly a quarter. Potentially laying off up to 20% of EPA staff.
We need the EPA to protect our nation’s air and water, but they shouldn’t be focused on “climate change” and the agency should focus on their core goals.
The EPA should focus on protecting America’s clean air, clean water, and aging sewer system infrastructure.
From The Hill:
The Trump administration plans to propose a one-forth to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget, a plan that would end up laying off 20 percent of the agency’s staffers, according to reports.
Trump officials will propose a $6.1 billion for the EPA next year, a $2 billion cut from current levels, according to reports in E&E News and Politico, citing sources.
The agency’s staffing levels would fall to 12,000 workers, from 15,000 currently, according to the reports.
An EPA spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.
The proposed spending levels at the EPA come on the day the White House sent spending blueprints to federal agencies ahead of a budget rollout next month. Trump is planning a $54 billion cut in domestic discretionary spending, which would then be used to increase spending for the Defense Department.
The Trump administration has said it plans to target EPA climate programs expanded under President Obama. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt this weekend that he would work to end several regulatory efforts that the agency has in the works.
If the EPA cuts were realized, the agency’s budget would be at its lowest level since the early 1990s, and its staffing levels would be lower than any time since the 1980s…