Budget Deal Negotiations Yield Win For Democrats On EPA Rules

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats briefed on a potential budget deal say that Republicans have agreed to drop House-passed provisions to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new rules on global warming or enforcing several other environmental regulations.

New York Democrat Charles Schumer said that during White House talks Thursday night, Republicans agreed that no controversial EPA-related policy restrictions would be included in any final budget measure.

Such policy issues dropped from the measure include a ban on new greenhouse gas restrictions on power plants and oil refineries, cleanup plans for the Chesapeake Bay and lakes in Florida, and blocking the agency from revoking permits for mountaintop mine sites that pollute rural waters.

The underlying legislation would fund the government through Oct. 1. A potential government shutdown looms at midnight.