Washington, DC (June 27, 2007)- The House of Representatives, aiming to put an end to the debate over whether global warming is actually occurring, passed H.R. 2643, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008. The bill recognizes the “reality” of climate change and provides money to work on the problem.
By a vote of 272-155, the House approved the environmental funding bill for the fiscal year starting October 1 that would increase federal investments in basic research on climate change and establish a new commission to review scientific questions that need to be addressed. The bill would also increase funding for the Environmental Protection Agency to over $8 billion next year, $887 million more than President Bush sought, mainly for water cleanup and clean air programs. The White House has threatened a veto of the $27.6 billion bill because its overall spending would exceed President Bush’s request by about $2 billion.
The Senate has not yet considered the bill.