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Senators reach deal on chemical security measure

October 21, 2003 Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., have agreed to settle their differences over the scope of Inhofe's chemical security bill, clearing the way for the committee to mark up the bill Thursday, panel aides said. Because of concerns with the strength of the...

Lack of funding, resources limit EPA enforcement, IG finds

October 16, 2003 Years of resource deficiencies and management neglect have prevented EPA enforcement staff from pursuing large numbers of criminal investigations and made it impossible to accurately assess the agency's criminal funding and resource needs, the agency's inspector general has found. The report represents a vindication for EPA criminal enforcement agents, who...

Senate approves month-long funding measure

September 26, 2003 The Senate approved a month-long continuing resolution Thursday by voice vote, clearing it for the president's signature after House passage, 407-8, earlier in the day. But before getting the measure through, Senate leaders huddled late Thursday to resolve concerns voiced by Budget Chairman Don Nickles, R-Okla., over the measure, which...

Senate budget chief raises concerns about anti-shutdown measure

September 25, 2003 Senate Budget Committee Chairman Don Nickles, R-Okla., is expressing concerns over the continuing resolution to fund the government until Oct. 31 that was expected on the Senate floor Thursday. Senate GOP aides said those concerns stem from the fact the CR contains a higher "spend-out" rate than in the fiscal...

GOP may drop privatization language from FAA bill

September 23, 2003 House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said Tuesday the GOP leadership has "been discussing" dropping contentious language on privatizing air-traffic control jobs from the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization conference report. Earlier in the day, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called the provision a poison pill and said he did not...

Dems vow to delay EPA nominee's confirmation

September 23, 2003 Republican Gov. Michael Leavitt of Utah, President Bush's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, appears to be on a fast track to political limbo after Democrats vowed to block a floor vote on his nomination because of ongoing conflicts with the Bush administration. Although Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., did...

Awaiting Bush's supplemental, Hill bears down on approps

September 15, 2003 While lawmakers this week await the administration's formal request for $87 billion in fiscal 2004 supplemental funds for Iraq and Afghanistan, of which $21 billion is for reconstruction, they may move ahead significantly on the regular fiscal 2004 appropriations process. But as the obscure issue of crab prices-yes, crab prices-looms...

Supporters predict quick confirmation for Leavitt at EPA

August 12, 2003 In hopes of quickly filling the political leadership void at EPA, Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman James Inhofe, R-Okla., likely will hold confirmation hearings during the first two weeks of September on the nomination of Republican Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to head EPA, sources said Tuesday. GOP sources predicted...

Dems seek investigation into alleged EPA funding shortfalls

July 24, 2003 House and Senate Democrats Thursday called on the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general to launch an inquiry into growing allegations that the agency has neglected funding and resource needs in its criminal enforcement program and used questionable reporting schemes to inflate the number of cases undertaken each year. The request...

EPA enforcement chief: no plans to address complaints

July 16, 2003 Environmental Protection Agency officials Wedensday again defended the agency's battered criminal enforcement program, saying despite growing complaints from staff regarding funding and management decisions, the Bush administration believes it is doing an adequate job of pursuing criminal violations of the nation's environmental laws. J.P. Suarez, EPA's enforcement chief, also said...

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