Appropriations

FY 2021 Budget and Congressional Appropriations

Background

On February 10, 2020, the Administration released its proposed FY 2021 budget, which includes steep decreases in EPA’s funding.  The budget must now go to Congress for consideration.  The Administration’s proposal calls for the following: $151.9 million for state and local air grants under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act (compared to $228.2 million in FY 2020); $6.66 billion for EPA (compared to $9.06 billion in FY 2020); $10 million for grants under the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) (compared to $87 million in FY 2020); $0 for Targeted Airshed Grants (compared to $56.3 million in FY 2020); $10 million for Multipurpose Grants (compared to $13 million in FY 2020); and transition of the PM2.5 monitoring program from Section 103 authority (which does not require matching grants) to Section 105 (which does require matching funds). EPA has issued a “Budget in Brief.”  There is more detailed legislative language to accompany the proposal.

Key Actions

March 10, 2020 – NACAA submitted written testimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding FY 2021 appropriations, specifically related to grants for state and local air quality agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act.  NACAA’s testimony, which is nearly identical to testimony submitted to the corresponding House Subcommittee on March 5, 2020, requests that Congress 1) increase federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies by $87 million above FY 2020 levels, for a total of $315 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.

March 5, 2020 – NACAA submitted written testimony to the House Appropriations Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies regarding FY 2021 appropriations, specifically related to grants for state and local air quality agencies under Sections 103 and 105 of the Clean Air Act.  NACAA’s testimony requests that Congress 1) increase federal grants to state and local air pollution control agencies by $87 million above FY 2020 levels, for a total of $315 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 6, 2020.

February 6, 2020 – 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 2021 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency.  NACAA’s testimony urged Congress to 1) increase federal grants to state and local air agencies by $87 million above FY 2020 levels, for a total of $315 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.