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House committee proposes funding to preserve Chemical Safety Board

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The members of the Chemical Safety Board (left to right): Kristen Kulinowski, Manuel "Manny" Ehrlich, Vanessa A. Sutherland (recently resigned) and Rick Engler

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UPDATE: This story was updated on July 19 after the House Appropriations Committee approved the bill July 18.

Washington – The Chemical Safety Board is a step closer to avoiding elimination after the House Appropriations Committee allocated $11 million for the agency for fiscal year 2018 on July 11.

The Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee approved its appropriations bill, which contains CSB funding, on July 12. The bill also was approved by the House Appropriations Committee on July 18, and moves on to the House of Representatives. Any CSB funding has to get through the Senate Appropriations process and into the final appropriations bills for both chambers of Congress.

CSB is among 19 agencies President Donald Trump is seeking to eliminate in his proposed budget. The $11 million matches the agency’s funding for fiscal year 2017.

“This legislation responsibly supports the agencies and offices we rely on to preserve our natural resources for future generations, and prioritizes our limited funding to programs that protect environmental safety,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) said in a press release.

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