On April 24, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on the requested fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe testified before the committee, defending budgetary choices. Several Senators expressed concerns about specific issues, including state revolving funds and aerial monitoring. Subcommittee Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) asked about a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision upholding the agency’s authority to retroactively veto U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits issued under the Clean Water Act; Perciasepe said it is an authority that is hardly used, noting the EPA has vetoed only 20 permits under this authority since the 1970s.