The Senate voted to end the Obama administration’s $2.8 billion funding for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, leaving intact the agency’s environmental protection programs.
The Senate voted 98-2 Monday to end $2 billion in funding for EPA programs that include the Safe Drinking Water Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Watershed Protection Program, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.
The funding will not expire in 2020.
Senators who voted against the spending package included Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Heidi Heitkamp (D.N.D.), Joe Manchin (D.-W.
Va.), Mark Pryor (D., Ark.), Mike Lee (R.-Utah) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The Senate vote came after House Republicans voted in December to defund the EPA, claiming that the agency has not taken action to protect public health or the environment since President Donald Trump took office in January.
The EPA is currently funded through 2018 through a law that was passed in 2013.
The House voted on Dec. 16 to repeal the bill, but a final version of the spending bill will be introduced in the House next week.
The vote came just one day after the Senate approved the White House-led EPA legislation, which passed with bipartisan support on a 52-48 vote.
The bill included $1.4 billion for the EPA in 2018.
It also provides funds to the EPA to address issues including “greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, and climate change.”
The EPA has already received more than $4 billion in 2017, $2 million in 2018 and $4.5 million in 2019.
The legislation was also supported by the Environmental Protection and Related Agencies, which represent the nation’s 50 largest pesticide companies.