Senate GOP drops 'poison pills' from key spending bill

June 12, 2018 - 11:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are ridding a key spending bill of controversial environmental provisions opposed by Democrats. The move is aimed at avoiding the annual year-end budget pileup.

The move by Sen. Lisa Murkowski extends an olive branch to Democrats and could allow the first floor debate on a key spending bill for the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency since former President Barack Obama's first year in office. It's all part of an effort to avoid a catchall "omnibus" spending bill.

President Donald Trump has signed two such mega-bills since taking office but has vowed he won't do it again.

Republicans dropped a policy provision from previous years, for instance, that would have weakened a new government rule limiting methane waste from gas and oil drilling on public lands.

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