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Due to the continuing debate over the debt ceiling, it is unlikely that the EPA FY 2012 funding bill (H.R. 2584) and its numerous environmental riders will be taken up until after the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environmental and Related Agencies returns from its August recess after Labor Day. Some observers believe the delay may make it less likely that the various riders will be included in a final bill, as Congress will have limited time to address this spending bill and others before the before the beginning of the new fiscal year on October 1. President Obama recently mentioned support for infrastructure as part of his jobs plan to be presented after Labor Day, including support for an Infrastructure Bank


H.R. 2584 would appropriate $7.1 billion for EPA, which is 18 percent below the current level and 20 percent below President Obama's request for fiscal 2012 and would bar the Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, hazardous air pollutants, coal mining, and certain water quality programs.  The bill would provide $9.9 billion for Interior in fiscal 2012, or 6.8 percent below the 2011 level and 10.8 percent below the president's request. At the end of fiscal 2010 last September, the House and Senate were unable to agree on spending bills and continued to fund the government through short-term continuing resolutions until a final 2010 continuing resolution was passed in mid-April,