EPA Faces Budget Cuts for Trump’s Defense Budget Proposal

A source told CNN that the Environmental Protection Agency could see significant budget cuts in order to meet President Donald Trump’s budget proposal requirements.

The president’s budget proposal is calling for more than a $50 billion increase in defense spending, which means the Trump administration could cut the EPA’s budget by 24% and reduce staffing by 20% to allocate funds toward the defense budget.

Scott Pruitt, EPA administrator, tried to reassure those concerned about potential budget cuts and layoffs.

“What we need to realize is this is the beginning of the process, not the end of the process,” Pruitt said.

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EPA’s enacted budget from fiscal years ranging from 2004 to 2016. The values are in billions.

 

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