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Jones went on to say that the legislation—one of a dozen appropriations bills currently moving through the House—"reads like a 'how-to' manual for destroying the planet."

"While Americans take refuge from record-setting extreme heat and suffer from wildfire smoke, the House majority proposes slashing environmental funding to the lowest level in 30 years," said Jones. "This is a non-starter, based on galling scientific ignorance and reactionary politics."

Made public last week amid record-shattering heat and other extreme weather across the U.S., the GOP's Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bill calls for $4 billion in total cuts to the EPA budget—slashing the agency's clean water funds, emissions-reduction grants, and other programs.

The bill would also cut the Interior Department's budget by $721 million, remove the Gray Wolf from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife, and prevent the EPA from considering the social cost of carbon in any regulatory action.

Meanwhile, the Republican legislation aims to bolster the industry fueling climate chaos by requiring the Interior Department to hold at least two offshore oil and gas lease sales in both the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska each year.

"The bill includes an exhaustive list of anti-environment riders that seek to derail any effort to combat climate change and undermine clean water and clean air protections," Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), the top Democrat on the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, said during a hearing on the measure last week.

Republicans "give an open invitation to exploitative oil, gas, and mineral leasing by blocking environmental regulations and even overriding judicial review," Pingree added. "At the same time, the bill suppresses clean energy production."

"This effort by the Republican House majority is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans suffering through weeks-long heatwaves and devastating floods."

The NRDC's Josh Axelrod and Valerie Cleland wrote in a blog post that the legislation marks "the Republican majority's latest in a series of attempts to hand over our public lands and waters to Big Oil."

"To say these provisions would have devasting impacts on both climate and communities would be an understatement," Axelrod and Cleland added. "This effort by the Republican House majority is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans suffering through weeks-long heatwaves and devastating floods and who are looking to Congress for solutions to meet this historic and challenging moment."

As their appropriations bills make clear, House Republicans are looking to enact painful cuts across the federal government, drawing vocal opposition from congressional Democrats and increasing the likelihood of a shutdown.

Late last week, as Common Dreamsreported, a GOP-controlled subcommittee advanced an agency funding bill that would cut the Department of Education's budget to below the 2006 level and slash programs that help employ hundreds of thousands of teachers nationwide.

Additionally, as The Washington Postnoted Tuesday, "a series of GOP bills to finance the federal government in 2024 would wipe out billions of dollars meant to repair the nation's aging infrastructure, potentially undercutting a 2021 law that was one of Washington's rare recent bipartisan achievements."

"The proposed cuts could hamstring some of the most urgently needed public-works projects across the country, from improving rail safety to reducing lead contamination at schools," the Post added.


This content originally appeared on Common Dreams and was authored by Newswire Editor.

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[1] Emergency Declared as 'Historic and Catastrophic' Flooding Swamps Vermont | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/vermont-flooding-catastrophic[2] 'Far-Right Radicalism': GOP Wants to Cut Funding for Clean Water Programs by 64% | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/house-republicans-clean-water-funding[3] Social Cost of Emissions: 'One of the Most Important Numbers That No One Has Ever Heard Of' | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/22/social-cost-emissions-one-most-important-numbers-no-one-has-ever-heard[4] Ranking Member Pingree Statement at the Subcommittee Markup of the 2024 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill | House Committee on Appropriations ➤ https://democrats-appropriations.house.gov/news/statements/ranking-member-pingree-statement-at-the-subcommittee-markup-of-the-2024-interior[5] Opinion | The GOP’s Environmental Appropriations Bill Is a Major Giveaway to the Fossil Fuel Industry | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/opinion/house-appropriations-bill[6] GOP Accused of Breaking Debt Ceiling Deal and 'Threatening a Government Shutdown' | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/gop-debt-ceiling-government-shutdown[7] 'Disgraceful': GOP Advances Bill That Could Remove 220,000 Teachers From Classrooms | Common Dreams ➤ https://www.commondreams.org/news/republican-education-cuts[8] House Republicans seek in cuts to rail, water infrastructure spending - The Washington Post ➤ https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/07/18/republican-spending-bills-infrastructure-cuts/