The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that would dramatically cut funding for a federal program designed to combat climate change.
The bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or ARRA, would eliminate the Climate Science Special Assistance Program, which funds climate research that’s funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies.
The funding for the program was established in 1993, after the previous administration cut funding by more than $1 billion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
But the program has been a lightning rod for Republicans in recent years, and the bill would slash funding for it.
It also would reduce funding for climate studies in the Defense Department and other military departments, and cut grants to the National Institutes of Health.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the ARRA bill at 10:30 a.m. ET.