White House Threatens to Veto Energy and Water Bill

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On Monday, the White House threatened to veto the House’s energy and water spending bill, which will hit the House floor this week. The House will consider the 37.4 billion dollar spending bill for 2017, which is slightly larger than what the Senate passed recently. The Hill reports the bill contains a host of environmental riders likely to turn off Democrats. In a statement issued through the Office of Management and Budget, the administration rejected what it called “highly problematic ideological provisions.” In particular, the administration wants more funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.