On July 21, the House Rules Committee voted to allow an “open rule” to dictate the debate over $27.5 billion FY 2012 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill as the White House threatened to veto any legislation seen as weakening environmental protection. The bill would fund the two agencies for one year beginning October 1, with $7.1 billion for EPA and $9.9 billion for the Interior Department. The level of EPA funding is 18 percent below enacted levels for the current year and 20 percent below President Obama's FY 2012 budget request, and contains policy riders that Obama has said are unacceptable.