Lawmakers spar over $43M for EPA's climate-change programs

02/3/2010 | NYTimes.com

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, said she would back the funding request of $43 million for the Environmental Protection Agency's programs to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe, ranking member of the Environment and Public Works panel, said the budget request is "premature," citing potential lawsuits against EPA regulations. "Until such time as the lawsuits are filed ... there may not be anything to do, and so why fund something that doesn't exist?" he said.

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