he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) remains
President Donald Trump’s focus for cutting federal spend-
ing, but Congress must approve the president’s proposed
budget for the cuts to occur. In May, ;scal year 2017 got funded
through September. Now it’s time to fund 2018.
In the spring, news agencies ran photos of EPA employees
protesting the president’s proposed cuts to the agency and its
staff. Protesters were upset after reading a March 1 article in The
Washington Post that published information from a leaked ;scal
year 2018 budget memo. (This time, no one’s pointing ;ngers
at ;red FBI Director James Comey or intelligence contractor
Reality Winner.) Budget goals included laying off one-;fth of the
EPA’s staff in the ;rst year and erasing 30 percent of the agency’s
programs, including those that clean up abandoned petroleum
underground storage tanks (USTs).
EPA employees also protested the president’s pick to lead the
agency, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
By Kristen Wright