The Trump administration has proposed cutting water conservation funding by $1.1 billion to offset $1 trillion in budget reductions announced in the omnibus budget bill that Congress passed last month.
The budget would also reduce federal spending on programs such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department for Energy.
But the cuts would be temporary, and there’s no indication yet when they might be implemented.
The cuts would only affect those programs that have been designated as priorities under the omnissary spending bill, according to the Department, which oversees the agency.
That means the cuts could be reversed as the budget process moves forward, as Congress prepares to wrap up its work in the coming weeks.
The Office of Management and Budget has not yet released an official position on the cuts, but it is expected to take a “conclusive look” at the proposed cuts.
Under the omniessative spending bill that passed last week, the budget cut $100 billion from the National Institutes of Health and $40 billion from Agriculture.
That $1bn reduction is the largest of any federal budget cut in the budget.
The omnibus bill included a $1,200 tax credit for families who spend less than $1 million a year on water, which is intended to offset the costs of the water conservation cuts.
The proposal also included $400 million to improve water quality at national parks.
The White House says the money would be used to help reduce pollution from wastewater and other sources.
“This $1-billion water conservation fund will be used as a tool to ensure that water resources remain in public and safe hands, and not being used for partisan political purposes,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in a statement.
The funding cut proposal was first reported by The Hill, and The Associated Press later obtained a copy of the draft.
The bill’s provisions include: $1B for the Department to develop a new national resource management plan, which would include a plan to manage water resources in the United States to ensure public safety and the integrity of the national water supply.
$1M for the EPA to develop an “Innovative Water” plan, to be updated with information about emerging water resources and water resources management systems that will be developed.
$500M for USDA to develop and implement a national resource stewardship plan, with a focus on the development of water management systems to manage, protect, and restore water resources.
$250M for Agriculture to develop water resource management systems, including a plan for “new technology” to help manage water.
$50M for other federal agencies to “develop water resources conservation programs.”
The Office for Management and Procurement will develop and administer a water resource resource management strategy for the Federal Government, and work with other agencies to develop, administer, and monitor water resource planning programs.
Mulvany’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The proposed cuts come amid a wave of water conservation proposals across the country, and include efforts to protect the environment, restore public health, and provide for better access to clean water.
The Department of Energy is also planning to implement a water management strategy to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, and will propose to reduce the use of coal-fired power plants by 25 percent, the AP reported.
The Senate voted to pass the omnisessaries budget in January, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leading the effort to cut spending in the $1tn omnibus.
Trump signed the omniasarity bill into law on Feb. 4.
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