Environment & Energy Report

Army Corps Head Says Huge Budget Cuts Not His Idea

March 12, 2019, 10:03 PM

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers isn’t fully embracing a Trump administration plan to cut his agency’s funding for the coming fiscal year by nearly one-third.

R.D. James, the top civilian official in charge of the Corps, said the plan to slash $2.2 billion from the agency’s current $7 billion budget wasn’t his idea.

“I did not propose that,” James said at a March 12 press conference, one day after the Trump administration released its annual budget request for fiscal 2020.

James didn’t say who within the administration was pushing for the more than 30 percent...

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