House Passes Spending Bill

REPUBLICANYesterday, the House passed legislation to fund the federal government through September 30th, while still allowing Congress to take action on the President’s executive orders on immigration by funding the Department of Homeland Security through a continuing resolution that expires February 27th. The measure cuts funding to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by over $300 million and reduces funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the lowest levels since 1989. The legislation includes funding for the Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes, or PILT, program. PILT is vital for many Colorado counties, like Moffat County, because it reimburses local governments for losses in tax revenues due to the presence of large expanses of un-taxable federal lands, ensuring funding for infrastructure, law enforcement, education and other essential operations. The bill also prohibits the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) from using funds to issue a proposed rule to list the Greater Sage Grouse or a final rule to list the Gunnison Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act, and includes funds to help with local preservation efforts. The bill now heads to the Senate.

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