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House passes legislation to fund Interior Department, EPA, provide back pay for federal workers


Added 01-11-19 01:22:01pm EST - “The House on Friday passed another spending bill that would reopen parts of the federal government, including the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and national parks.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “House passes legislation to fund Interior Department, EPA, provide back pay for federal workers”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The House on Friday passed another spending bill that would reopen parts of the federal government, including the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and national parks.

The House also approved legislation the Senate passed Thursday by voice vote to ensure that federal employees who are furloughed or working without pay would receive back pay when the partial government shutdown ends.

Even amid a White House veto threat, House Democrats are passing individual spending bills this week that don’t include new money for President Trump’s border wall. They’re trying to ratchet up pressure on Republicans anxious to end the shutdown that’s about to enter its fourth week.

The spending bill includes about $36 billion for the Department of Interior, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Smithsonian Institution, among other priorities.

Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt recently told Congress he’s ordered the park service to use recreation fee funds to clean up and maintain parks, amid reports of trash and waste buildups at some of the sites that have remained open.

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