"Trump’s Budget Takes A Sledgehammer to the EPA"

"The Trump administration plans to take a sledgehammer to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday’s proposal by the White House would slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent — nearly one third — from its current level of $8.1 billion to $5.7 billion. It would cut 3,200 positions, or more than 20 percent of the agency’s current workforce of about 15,000.

“You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it. So, I guess the first place that comes to mind will be the Environmental Protection Agency,” Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, told reporters. “The president wants a smaller EPA. He thinks they overreach, and the budget reflects that.”"

Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin report for the Washington Post March 16, 2017.


"White House Seeks To Cut EPA Budget 31 Percent As Trump Targets Regulation" (Reuters)

Source: Washington Post, 03/16/2017