“The administration’s 2018 budget
blueprint will prioritize rebuilding the
military and making critical investments
in the nation’s security,” The Washington
Post quoted the leaked document. “It will
also identify the savings and ef;ciencies
In addition, the document states
that many previous EPA responsibilities,
including enforcement of federal environ-
mental standards, will be delegated to the states, although
the money given to the states for programs such as SPA will
be decreased. Meanwhile, the EPA would cease monitoring
Amid the 2018 hubbub and after two months of congressional negotiations, the president on May 5 signed a $1.1
trillion appropriations bill to fund the federal government
through Sept. 30, the end of ;scal year 2017. The result
looked much like Obama-era funding.
As they’d say in the world of reality television, hang on for
season 2018’s Congress vs. White House showdown.
The White House released its of;cial ;scal year 2018
budget proposal May 23. Much of Trump’s objectives remain
the same, but some cuts are deeper than expected.
The 2018 budget proposes to cut $54 billion in nondefense discretionary spending and add the same amount to
fund defense and security programs.
The budget also proposes to:
• Cut EPA funding by nearly a third to $5.6 billion, which
would be the agency’s smallest budget in 40 years,
adjusted for in;ation. It’s also the largest proposed cut to
any federal agency by percentage.
• Eliminate 3,800 EPA jobs, a 20 percent reduction.
• Cut 40 percent of the EPA federal enforcement of;ce and
45 percent of grants that fund state enforcement.
• Cut half the funding for the of;ce that determines drinking water pollution standards.
House Republicans and Democrats expressed concerns
about the president’s proposed EPA cuts directly to Pruitt
on June 15 during the House Appropriations Committee’s
Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif.,
listed the scrapping of a diesel emissions reduction program
among his problems with the proposed budget.
“In many instances, the budget proposes to signi;cantly
reduce or terminate programs that are vitally important
to each member on this subcommittee,” Calvert said at
“These are all proposals that we are unlikely to entertain,”
he said. “This is perhaps not how you personally would craft
the EPA’s budget, but it’s the budget you have to defend
Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N. Y., ranking member of the full
Appropriations Committee, joined in the discussion and
called the 2018 budget request for the EPA “a disaster.”
Pruitt sued the EPA multiple times for environmental
protection overreach while he was Oklahoma attorney
general. Days after Pruitt was sworn in to lead the EPA, more
than 6,000 of his emails were made public. Pruitt’s correspon-
dence included exchanges with major oil and gas producers,
electric utilities and political groups.
EPA workers and supporters protest potential job cuts during a March 2 rally in Chicago.