Biden’s budget proposal includes nearly $2 billion increase for EPA

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The White House’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 would increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy and the Department of the Interior, according to documents shared with The Hill. .

The budget proposes $11 billion for the EPA in fiscal year 2023, an increase of about $1.5 billion from the $9.56 billion authorized by Congress last year. The White House unsuccessfully sought similar increases in its fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, with Congress ultimately increasing the agency’s budget by about $323 from the previous year.

“The President’s budget request for the EPA reflects this administration’s unwavering commitment to protecting people from pollution, especially those who live in overburdened and underserved communities across America. It funds a broad range of transformational programs enacted through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, and it will allow us to implement the President’s historic Justice40 commitment, among other key priorities,” the EPA Administrator said. Michael ReganMichael Regan EPA Adds 12 New Sites to Superfund List EPA Proposes New Rule to Reduce Air Pollution Between States Night Energy & Environment – House Agrees to Ban Russian Oil MORE said in a statement.

Regan noted that $5.7 billion of the proposed budget includes efforts to support environmental justice and cleanup efforts with tribes, states and localities.

The budget proposal also includes $3.3 billion for renewable energy, one of the White House’s top priorities at a time when gas prices have soared amid the crisis in Ukraine. The White House has already released oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and called on national oil companies and countries like Saudi Arabia to increase production, but renewable energy advocates said the crisis illustrated the need for go completely beyond fossil fuels.

The administration’s proposal also includes more than $18 billion for federal climate resilience programs, including federal firefighting funds and funds to improve the resilience of federal housing. An additional $11 billion would go to international climate finance, which President BidenTroy Kotsur, Oscar winner Joe BidenDeaf: Tried to teach Biden ‘dirty sign language’ during visit to WH, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre tests positive for COVID -19. January 6 panel files contempt suit against Scavino, Navarro MORE pledged to quadruple.

The budget is almost certainly doomed in the Senate 50-50, but it comes months after the senator. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinWorried about democracy? Watch out for states Biden to propose minimum tax on billionaires in budget Sunday shows preview: US, allies ramp up pressure on Russia; Jackson undergoes MORE confirmation hearings (DW.Va.) announced that he would not support the Build Back Better package, which contains many of the administration’s most ambitious climate goals. Manchin has indicated he could be persuaded to back a much smaller package that includes many of the same climate provisions.

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