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House Appropriators Go Easy on Regan Over Big EPA Budget Request

April 21, 2021, 4:27 PM

EPA Administrator Michael Regan escaped grilling Wednesday from House Republicans on the 21.3% budget increase that the Biden administration seeks for his agency in fiscal 2022.

But the convivial tone of the 90-minute hearing doesn’t necessarily signal congressional support for the Biden budget, because Hill appropriators routinely ignore presidential budget plans. The administration is hoping its proposal at least sets an ambitious starting point for negotiations.

The Environmental Protection Agency needs a $2 billion increase to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, learn more about the impacts of climate change on human health and the environment, fortify the agency’s depleted ranks, deliver...

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