Bill would defund EPA studies of global warming
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Legislation unveiled in the House this week would eliminate funding for an Environmental Protection Agency account for climate change research.

Rep. Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonArizona GOP tinkers with election rules with an eye on McCain's seat Quiet jockeying for McCain seat angers Republicans McSally tells GOP colleagues she'll run for Arizona Senate MORE (R-Ariz.) argued that using funds in the EPA’s science and technology account for such studies are duplicative because the Department of Energy conducts similar research.

“Americans don’t need to pay for research in the Department of Energy and then pay the EPA to do it again,” Salmon said.

According to Salmon’s office, his bill would eliminate $734.6 million.

The measure is part of a series of bills Salmon has introduced to cut federal spending. Earlier this year, the Arizona Republican offered a measure to defund the National Labor Relations Board.

Next week, the House will consider the annual Interior Department appropriations bill on the floor. It includes $7.4 billion for the EPA, which is a 9 percent cut from the current spending level.