The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would slash funding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget.
The legislation, which is expected to be approved by the full House, would eliminate funding for the EPA, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the Office for Science and Technology Policy.
Trump’s budget proposal, unveiled earlier this month, called for a reduction in funding for EPA by 25 percent, as well as for the Office on Science and Policy by 40 percent.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has proposed cutting the budget for both the EPA and OMB by 30 percent.
Under the bill, a $25 million cap would be put on all EPA funding and the agency would be required to spend $3.2 billion on “technology modernization and infrastructure” and $4.2 million on “environmental research and development.”
Under the budget plan, $2.4 billion in EPA funding would be used for research and innovation, including $500 million for the National Science Foundation.
Trump has proposed reducing funding for NASA by 25% in the first year of the plan.
Ryan said the House would vote on the budget next week.
The budget bill passed the House in a 248-206 vote.
It was sponsored by Rep. Tom Reed, R -N.Y., who was also the sponsor of the House bill to cut NASA’s budget.
In addition to the $250 million cut to NASA, Ryan proposed a $200 million cut in funding to NASA’s Office for Planetary Science, the agency that oversees the Moon.
“The president’s budget is an attack on the moon, it’s an attack against our scientific community, and it’s a devastating attack on American workers and the American taxpayer,” Ryan said at a news conference.
“It’s an insult to the men and women in our country who have been out here doing what they do to explore and find life in the universe.
It’s a slap in the face to all those people who’ve devoted their lives to making sure the planet we share is a place we want to live on.”
Ryan said Trump’s proposed budget cuts the budget by $9 billion, meaning it will be approximately $15 billion below current spending levels.
He also said Trump has threatened to cut funding for climate change research.
Trump also proposed to slash the EPA budget by 20 percent and cut its workforce by 5,000 workers.