Re: [GRRN] EPA Budget Update

William P. McGowan (
Thu, 1 Apr 1999 16:40:23 -0800 (PST)

My Friends of the GreenYes List--

Two points about the press release excerpted below:

1) How is a program "starving" when it has a budget of $22 BILLION

2) The budget delivered is in compliance with the budget agreement
reached by the White House and the GOP last year, extending the "hard
cap" concept to discretionary items in the budget that was first enacted
in 1987, when George Bush went back on his "no new taxes" pledge and made
a deal with the Democratically controlled congress.

With those two items in mind, one has to ask whether rhetoric about
"starving" environmental budgets is valid or wther it is used merely for
partisan reasons.

Bill McGowan
UCSB History
Rincon REcycling

On Tue, 30 Mar 1999, RecycleWorlds wrote:

> ** EPA BUDGET **
> Congressional Plans Would Cut Funding for Environmental Programs.
> Daily Environment Report, March 29, 1999, pA5.
> Both Senate and House budget plans passed last week would cut
> budget authority and outlays in fiscal year 2000 for natural
> resources and environmental programs.
> In the House version (H.Con.Res. 68) the resolution calls for
> $22.8 billion for these programs, down from $23.9 the past fiscal
> year. The Senate resolution (S.Con.Res. 20) had a lot of

> "Starving environmental and conservation programs through
> budget cuts will hurt our natural resources and public health,"
> said Brent Blackwelder, president of Friends of the Earth. "This
> budget is an attack on the environment."
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