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H.R. 861 (115th): To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.

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About the bill

It’s been a rough 2017 for the Environmental Protection Agency.Four days into Donald Trump’s presidency, EPA staff were banned from speaking with reporters or updating social media, as the administration delayed implementation of 30 Obama-era environmental rules. EPA’s new administrator Scott Pruitt — who remains a plaintiff in multiple suits against the EPA — saw his emails released, revealing the extent to which he cooperated with fossil fuel interests and other anti-environmental donors as Oklahoma attorney general. Just this week, the White House unveiled their proposed budget which would slash EPA funding by 31 percent, its lowest level adjusted for inflation in four decades. Now a Republican bill in Congress might abolish the EPA entirely.

###What the bill does

Introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL1), H.R. 861 totals a …

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Matt Gaetz

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2017
Length: 1 page
Feb 3, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 3, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


7 Cosponsors (7 Republicans)



Feb 3, 2017

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H.R. 861 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 861. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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