"GOP Wins Deep Cuts in Environment Spending"

"In negotiating the budget deal that averted a government shutdown, Democrats and the White House claimed a big victory in preventing Republicans from blocking a set of environmental regulations. But as details of the compromise became known Tuesday, it was clear Republicans had won deep reductions in spending at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Under the deal headed to House and Senate votes by the end of this week, the EPA's 2011 budget would be reduced by 16% from 2010 spending, taking it to $8.7 billion.

That reflects the kind of tradeoffs each side made in the negotiations over the bill. The legislation doesn't include most of the policy provisions that Republicans proposed to block funding for key administration priorities on health care, the environment and other issues. But Republicans found Democrats moving more than halfway in the compromise over how much to cut spending in the $1.05 trillion bill for the remaining six months of the 2011 fiscal year."

Janet Hook, Naftali Bendavid, and Stephen Power report for the Wall St. Journal.


"EPA Budget Cut Will Restrict Enforcement of Clean-Air Rules, Activists Say" (Bloomberg)

"Law Enforcement, Environment Funds Cut in U.S. Budget Deal" (Bloomberg)

"New Cuts Detailed in Agreement for $38 Billion in Reductions" (Los Angeles Times)

"Newly Released Spending Deal Targets Health, Environment, Energy" (Talking Points Memo)

"New Federal Budget Cuts EPA 16%, Removes Wolves from Endangered Species List" (Treehugger)

Text of Continuing Resolution (House Appropriations Committee)

Text of Continuing Resolution from House Rules Committee

"Democrats Win Mandatory Spending Cuts in FY11 Deal" (National Journal)

"Clean-Energy Loan Guarantees Escape Cuts in Proposed U.S. Budget" (Bloomberg)

"What Stayed in the Budget Bill?" (Grist)

"Budget Deal Deeply Cuts High-Speed Rail Program" (New York Times)

"Wolf Delisting Survives Budget Fight, as Settlement Crumbles" (Greenwire)

"Budget Axes NOAA's Climate Service" (Mother Jones)

"Federal Budget Deal Strips Protection from Water, Wild Lands, Wolves" (ENS)

Source: Wall St. Journal, 04/13/2011