Federal spending on environmental programs would be cut by $4.1 billion under the budget plan for fiscal year 2013 endorsed by the House of Representatives in late March. Environmental spending, including for the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other agencies, would collectively be reduced to the 2001 level if the House budget is maintained through the annual appropriations process.

Science would not fair as poorly, despite proposed reductions. The House-passed budget would cut funding for NASA, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and other agencies to a level $300 million greater than in 2008.

The budget resolution passed in a largely partisan vote of 228 in support and 191 opposed. The House budget resolution does not have the force of law. Rather it sets the funding limits for the annual spending bills prepared by the House Appropriations Committee.

Senate leadership has criticized the low spending cap set by the House budget. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) plans on limiting 2013 spending to $1.047 trillion, $19 billion higher than the House proposal and the level set in the Budget Control Act of 2011.


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