Overnight Regulation: Pro-regulatory groups sound alarm over Trump budget

Overnight Regulation: Pro-regulatory groups sound alarm over Trump budget
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President Trump's plan to cut federal agency spending by billions of dollars is sparking criticism from regulatory proponents, who say the cuts will weaken key environmental protections.

The White House said Monday the president intends to propose a budget that would shift $54 billion from federal agency coffers to the Pentagon.

"Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result," an official from the White House's Office of Management and Budget told reporters on background.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stands to be one of the biggest losers under Trump's budget.

The budget would "Make America Sick Again," said Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director at the League of Conservation Voters, making light of Trump's campaign slogan.

"Trump's rigged budget would stack the deck in favor of Big Oil and other corporate lobbyists who want to take the cops off the beat that protect clean drinking water, healthy air, and a safe climate for all people in this country," Taurel said.

Trump's spending plan would put "polluters first over the health of everyday people in this country," Taurel added.

Elizabeth Thompson, vice president of political affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund, called it a "reckless budget" that gives "big polluters a license to pollute without consequences."

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to look at ways to improve the juvenile justice system. 

The House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Environment will hold a hearing to look at the social cost of carbon, a metric used by regulators to examine rules on emissions.

The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a hearing to discuss ways to strengthen career and technical education. 

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications will hold a hearing on the future of FEMA.



--The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will issue new rules for drugs and other substances it regulates that use ozone-depleting substances, including chlorofluorocarbons, despite President Trump’s regulatory moratorium.

The FDA issued a direct final rule last October to update the ozone-depleting substances regulation. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget reviewed the rule and determined it falls under an exception in the moratorium for rules on health and safety. The rule has already gone into effect.

--The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will issue new guidelines for gasoline companies preparing environmental reports.

FERC's guidance will inform companies how "liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects may demonstrate compliance with certain regulatory requirements," the agency says.

--The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will issue new guidelines for how nuclear power plants deal with radioactive waste.



Justice Dept. pulls out of Texas voter ID case 

Dem Senator: Confirm Gorsuch, Garland simultaneously 

EPA delays rule on mining cleanup funding 

Both sides appeal to Trump in Norwegian Air fight 

Transgender fight now in Supreme Court's hands 

Transportation Department re-evaluating driverless car guidelines

FCC chair doesn't expect to review AT&T-Time Warner merger

Trump promises insurers 'smooth' transition away from ObamaCare

Senate's No. 2 Republican pushing gun bill

Week ahead: Republicans push new round of reg reform bills

Automakers knew of airbag hazard for years, lawyers say – The New York Times 

George W. Bush critiques Trump on travel ban, free press  – The Washington Post



4: Proposed rules

4: Final rules

(Source: Tuesday's Federal Register)



"[Trump's] got a book that's widely acclaimed in terms of 'The Art of the Deal.' This is a deal that makes sense for the country," Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallOvernight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Overnight Defense: US to send 1K more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions | Iran threatens to break limit on uranium production in 10 days | US accuses Iran of 'nuclear blackmail' | Details on key defense bill amendments Democrats aim to block defense money from being used on Trump border wall MORE (D-N.M.) said, recommending the Senate confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and former President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland simultaneously. It's unlikely senators will take up Udall's pitch.


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