House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding

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By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are proposing slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveil the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration.

The $24 billion spending measure guts the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third cut and cuts the National Endowments for the Arts by almost half. Overall, the measure funding the Interior Department, EPA, national parks and federal firefighting efforts is cut by 19 percent below funding approved in March.

The bill reflects trade-offs made when making further cuts to domestic programs to restore opposed cuts to defense. It is sure to be slapped with a White House veto threat and is really just a placeholder until negotiations this fall.

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