Trump's 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30 percent: report

Trump's 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30 percent: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE is weighing a cut to the Environmental Protection Agency's budget that would trim its funding by more than 30 percent, CNN reported Friday.

The cut, outlined in a budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018, would similarly reduce the EPA's operational budget by 35 percent, according to CNN. What's more, it would end funding to states for environmental clean-up efforts and nonpoint source pollution control, among other initiatives. 

On the campaign trail and in his first months in office, Trump has assailed environmental regulations and the EPA, which he has deemed a hindrance to business and development. 

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EPA Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Regulation: Net neutrality supporters predict tough court battle | Watchdog to investigate EPA chief's meeting with industry group | Ex-Volkswagen exec gets 7 years for emissions cheating Overnight Energy: Watchdog probes Pruitt speech to mining group | EPA chief promises to let climate scientists present their work | Volkswagen manager gets 7 years for emissions cheating Scott Pruitt's year of environmental destruction MORE has also voiced similar disdain for environmental regulations. In his previous role as Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times over various rules and regulations. 

Pruitt came under fire in March when he rejected established climate science during an interview on MSNBC's "Squawk Box," arguing that carbon emissions are not primary contributors to climate change. In fact, scientists overwhelmingly agree that they are.

While the cuts to the EPA are outlined in a 2018 budget proposal, such plans are not final and are usually seen as a presidential wish-list of sorts, and Congress is ultimately responsible for passing appropriations bills that are then signed by the president.