Congress to consider abolishing the EPA effective Dec. 31

Congress to consider abolishing the EPA effective Dec. 31

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Environmentalists with the Alaska Wilderness League donning caribou costumes to protest the provision in the Republican tax bill that will sell oil leases for Arctic drilling. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called this provision a "poison pill" and called it a "polar giveaway." (Anthony Jackson/TMN Intern)

ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN

WASHINGTON – The Senate joins the House returning home on recess until after the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Senate will reconvene a week later on Tuesday Nov. 13 and will resume consideration of the House’s passage of S.1129, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017, to authorize appropriations for the Coast Guard for FY2018-FY2019.

The most talked of House bill to be debated when the House reconvenes in November is, H.R. 861, introduced by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida.

H.R. 861 is a mere one sentence: “The Environmental Protection Agency shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

Already, the White House has unveiled their proposed budget which would slash EPA funding by 31 percent to $864.7 million, its lowest level adjusted for inflation in four decades.

December 31, 2018 is the same date another Republican House bill, H.R.899, introduced by Republican Rep. Massie Thomas of Kentucky, is set to abolish the Department of Education.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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