Appropriations

FY 2020 Budget and Congressional Appropriations

Background

The Administration is expected to release its proposed budget by mid-March 2019.

Key Actions

May 6, 2019 – NACAA submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding FY 2020 appropriations.  NACAA’s testimony requests that Congress 1) increase federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies by $82 million above FY 2019 levels, for a total of $310 million (i.e., $158 million above the Administration’s FY 2020 request); 2) provide flexibility to state and local air quality agencies to use any additional grants to address the highest priority programs in their areas; and 3) retain grants for monitoring fine particulate matter (PM2.5) under the authority of Section 103 of the Clean Air Act, rather than shifting it to Section 105.

March 18, 2019 – The Administration released its Congressional Justification for EPA’s budget for FY 2020.

March 18, 2019 – The Administration released its detailed budget estimates for EPA’s budget for FY 2020.

March 14, 2019 - NACAA submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding FY 2020 appropriations.  NACAA’s testimony requests that Congress 1) increase federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies by $82 million above FY 2019 levels, for a total of $310 million; 2) provide flexibility to state and local air quality agencies to use any additional grants to address the highest priority programs in their areas; and 3) retain grants for monitoring fine particulate matter (PM2.5) under the authority of Section 103 of the Clean Air Act, rather than shifting it to Section 105.  Miles Keogh, NACAA’s Executive Director, provided similar testimony during the Subcommittee’s hearing on February 26, 2019.  

March 11, 2019 – The Administration has issued its FY 2020 budget proposal – A Budget for a Better America – calling for significant cuts for EPA. The budget recommends $6.1 billion for EPA, which is approximately $2 billion less than Congress provided in FY 2019 appropriations ($8.06 billion).  The budget proposal also calls for large reductions in air programs.  These include the following: $151.96 million for state and local air quality grants under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act, which is $76.2 million (33.4 percent) less than the $228.2 million Congress appropriated for FY 2019; $10 million for grants under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program, for which Congress appropriated $87 million in FY 2019; nothing for Targeted Airshed Grants, for which Congress appropriated $52 million in FY 2019; and $10 million for Multipurpose Grants, for which Congress appropriated $11 million in FY 2019.  The proposal now goes to Congress, which must consider the recommendations and determine how much to appropriate for FY 2020.  For further information, see https://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/fy-2020-epa-budget-brief (for the discussion about air quality, see p. 19 of the document [p. 23 of the  PDF] and for the charts see p. 64 of the document [p. 68 of the PDF]), https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-fy-2020-budget-proposal-releasedhttps://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/budget-fy2020.pdf (EPA’s section begins on page 93 of the document, which is page 97 of the PDF version) and https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/

February 26, 2019 – Miles Keogh, NACAA’s Executive Director, testified on behalf of the association at a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding the FY 2020 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.  NACAA’s testimony urged Congress to 1) increase federal grants to state and local air agencies by $82 million above FY 2019 levels, for a total of $310 million; 2) provide flexibility to these agencies to use any additional grants to address the highest priority programs in their areas; and 3) retain grants for monitoring fine particulate matter under the authority of Section 103.