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2003 & 2005: Restoring Funding for EPA's Office of Environmental Education

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Beginning in 2002, the Bush Administration each year has removed funding for the EPA's Office of Environmental Education from its federal budget proposals for FY 2003, FY 2004, FY 2005, and FY 2006. In response to widespread state and local support for the program's continuance, Congress reinstated its funding in FY 2003, FY 2004, FY 2005, and 2006.

These successes would not have become a reality without the support of EE champions in Congress. Over the years, this support has taken the shape of several "Dear Colleague" letters requesting restoration of funding for the OEE, including: