Renewing their call for ending Environmental Protection Agency grants in China and other countries, House Republicans argued September 11 that the small savings could be applied to reducing the deficit. Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said at the hearing that the Environmental Protection Agency awarded $78.8 million in grants to environmental projects outside the United States from fiscal years 2008 to 2011. The agency has awarded more than $50 million in international grants for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and Chairman Whitfield’s legislation, the Accountability in Grants Act of 2012 (H.R 4255) would bar it from awarding financial assistance to projects outside the country and its territories.