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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:27 PM

White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs

WaPo, by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis

The Office of Management and Budget has suggested deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget that would reduce its staff by one-fifth in the first year and eliminate dozens of programs, according to details of a document reviewed by The Washington Post.

While White House officials have already indicated that they plan to increase defense spending at the expense of other discretionary funding, the new document spells out exactly how this new approach will affect long-standing federal programs that have a direct impact on Americans’ everyday lives.

“The administration’s 2018 budget blueprint will prioritize rebuilding the military and making critical investments in the nation’s security. It will also identify the savings and efficiencies needed to keep the nation on a responsible fiscal path,” it reads. “Your [funding] level highlights the trade-offs and choices inherent in pursuing these goals.”

Acknowledging that the steep cuts “will create many challenges,” the document adds, “it also can serve as catalyst for how the agency functions in the next 10 or 20 years or beyond. By looking ahead and focusing on clean water, clean air and other core responsibilities, rather than activities that are not required by law, EPA will be able to effectively achieve its mission.”

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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:30 PM

1. And if you believe that, I've got a bridge...

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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:56 PM

2. Now that cleanup crew is decimated, lets build pipelines...

that are guaranteed to leak.

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Wed Mar 1, 2017, 07:59 PM

3. Pollute, pillage, and frack. Great idea!

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