House Appropriations Committee Approves Bill with $10-million State/Local Grant Increase

May 22, 2019 – The House Appropriations Committee marked up and approved the FY 2020 appropriations bill containing EPA funding, including an increase of $10 million in state and local air quality grants under Sections 103/105 of the Clean Air Act.  This would raise the total from $228.2 million in FY 2019 to $238.2 million in FY 2020.  The Administration’s FY 2020 budget proposal called for $151.96 million in state and local air grants.  During full committee mark-up, the total for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program was increased by $5 million over the amount the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies had approved during its mark-up on May 15, 2019, raising the level to $55 million (as compared to $87 million in FY 2019 and $10 million in the Administration’s FY 2020 request). As adopted by the full committee, the bill also calls for the following: $9.52 billion for EPA’s total budget (as compared to $8.85 billion in FY 2019 and $6.1 billion in the Administration’s FY 2020 request); $30 million for Targeted Airshed Grants (as compared to $52 million in FY 2019 and zero in the Administration’s FY 2020 request); and funding for fine particulate matter monitoring to remain under the authority of Section 103, rather than shifting to Section 105 (NACAA has asked Congress to retain this funding under Section 103 authority).  Other provisions were not adopted during the mark-up, although several were introduced and voted down, including reductions to EPA’s enforcement budget and a requirement that EPA certify that regulations would not cause net job losses.  Click here for Draft Report Language for FY 2020 Appropriations Bill (EPA section begins on page 75 and EPA charts begin on page 196).