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The Biden administration has proposed a 12.9 percent funding cut for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program, prompting pushback from an influential Democratic ally.

Washington, D.C.—The Biden administration has proposed a 12.9 percent funding cut for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works program, prompting pushback from an influential Democratic ally.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies, expressed reservations during a hearing held several days before the official release of the administration’s full budget.

“We’re making progress in the request, but it is still $1 billion of decrease from last year’s enacted level,” Kaptur said.

She said she was looking forward to working with the administration to ensure the Corps receives the necessary support to keep communities safe and prosperous.

That reduction in Biden’s fiscal year 2022 budget request would bring funding for the civil works program down to $6.8 billion from the roughly $7.8 billion enacted for the current fiscal year.

In his comments before the panel, Jaime Pinkham, acting assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, also focused on the administration’s funding request submitted weeks earlier.

“This funding request is the highest annual budget ever requested for the civil works program,” Pinkham said.

In his statement following the full budget’s release, the investments proposed by the administration were called transformational for the program.

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