The Trump administration is poised to cut more than $2 billion from the EPA’s budget, which provides nearly half of its funding, while proposing to eliminate more than half of the agency’s existing funding.
The proposed cuts come as the White House and EPA continue to battle to reach a deal on the fate of a lawsuit that seeks to block the administration’s new carbon dioxide regulations, which will be the first in nearly three decades to apply to the federal air.
Trump, who has long complained that the EPA is underfunded, and that the agency is not doing enough to fight climate change, has already been asked about the proposed cuts.
He has said he would “definitely” consider eliminating the agency.
But, he has also said the federal government has been “too slow” to act on climate change.
“We have to do more to save our air and the environment,” Trump told reporters in a meeting Friday.
“We have a lot of work to do.”
A White House official said the cuts would affect only the EPA.
The Trump White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday afternoon.
But the agency faces a $8 billion budget deficit in 2021, and the Trump budget proposed cutting its budget by $3 billion.
The EPA has proposed cutting the agency by more than 1,300 employees.
The agency’s budget is $2.6 billion a year.
The Trump administration has also proposed cutting funding for research, including more than 4,600 jobs.
“These proposed cuts would be the largest cut in the EPA budget since it was created in 1977, and will significantly reduce its ability to conduct critical science research, protect public health and safeguard the environment, according to an EPA press release.”EPA’s current research and development workforce of more than 5,800 people is one of the most robust and productive in the nation,” the agency said in a statement.”
This proposal would eliminate the Agency’s current $5.9 billion in annual research and support for basic science, and would substantially reduce the Agency in the future.
“The White House also said it would reduce the EPA workforce by 8 percent, but it did not provide details on how that would affect the agency, other federal agencies or research.
The White to Trump budget, also known as the Budget for a Strong America, was released Friday.
It is a summary of what the White to White budget would do in the Trump presidency.
It calls for the elimination of nearly $2 trillion in federal funding, including funding for border security and other government programs.
The budget also proposes to eliminate $5 billion in funding for programs for the elderly, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The budget is expected to be included in a House budget blueprint released Thursday.
The EPA has argued that the proposed cut would lead to fewer jobs.
The proposal is part of an overall plan to reduce the size of the federal workforce by at least 25 percent.