House Democrats are readying their own economic stimulus bill likely to propose hundreds of millions of dollars for additional telework, personal protective equipment, and training at the EPA and Interior Department.
A draft summary circulated Monday would earmark $158 million to the Interior Department’s Office of the Secretary to be dispersed for information technology, telework, cybersecurity, and protective equipment needs throughout the department.
House Appropriations Committee staff cautioned that the funding numbers are in flux as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other House Democrats put final touches on the bill.
- The EPA would see $7.2 million in additional funding under the draft summary, $3 million of which would be used to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission in the environment, and $4.2 million to boost protection of the EPA workforce.
- The National Park Service would get an additional $32 million for personal protective equipment, additional teleworking equipment, and law enforcement. Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service would get $32 million and $29 million respectively for such initiatives.