Budget deal leaves major climate plans intact, but previews wish list of new Congress

EnergyAssociated Press

A congressional deal to finance the government leaves largely intact President Barack Obama's plans on global warming — at least until Republicans take control of Congress next month. But it chips away at other energy and environmental programs.

House Republicans attached measures to the $1.1 trillion spending bill to delay a ban on incandescent light bulbs and protections for a Western bird that could hinder oil and gas production. Other measures to bar the EPA from regulating gases belched from livestock and lead in ammunition weren't currently planned.

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Democrats blocked measures to prohibit controlling heat-trapping gases from power plants. That rule will be a target next year when Republicans are in charge.

Even a $61 million cut to EPA's budget was $250 million more than what Obama asked for.