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Senate rebuffs GOP cuts to environmental programs

March 9, 2011 |  3:44 pm

The Senate on Wednesday voted down a House spending proposal that contained a wide array of cuts to environmental initiatives in California and across the nation.

The measure, approved by the Republican-led House last month, sliced more than $60 billion from the federal budget, including a $3-billion reduction in funds for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Senate also gave a thumbs-down to an alternate budget plan of more modest cuts offered by the chamber's Democrats.

The votes leave lawmakers with less than two weeks to forge a compromise plan or face a government shutdown.

For more, read the L.A. Times story on the Senate action.


House GOP budget bill aims to slash environmental regulation

--Bettina Boxall