The House Appropriations Committee's Interior/Environment subcommittee has approved a funding bill for FY 2016 that slashes spending for EPA by $718 million from the current year, delays issuing a proposed listing of the greater sage-grouse -- a long-shot to earn an ESA proposal in any case -- and nixes EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers' "waters of the U.S." rule.
The bill also would remove gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes from the endangered species list and loosen restrictions on ivory possession and shipments within the United States.
Go here for yesterday's post on the bill, with links to the text and excerpts of most of the environmental "riders."
No amendments were offered at the subcommittee markup. Usually, amendments are offered at the full committee markup, and historically -- when they are offered by Democrats who are trying to eliminate environmental riders -- they have been defeated on party-line votes.