"The Senate Appropriations Committee [Thursday] approved 16-14 a spending bill for the Interior Department, U.S. EPA and the Forest Service after adding money for wildfire fighting and rejecting a Democratic attempt to strike a dozen policy riders.
The party-line vote sends the $32.7 billion fiscal 2017 measure to the full Senate. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) predicted that the riders -- touching on everything from water regulations to the Endangered Species Act -- will likely keep the bill from clearing the 60-vote procedural hurdle needed to take it up on the floor.
Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in a statement said the bill makes 'responsible recommendations' on taxpayer spending for federal lands programs and 'improves environmental policy by emphasizing infrastructure improvements over new EPA regulations.'"