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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Legislation will fund critical infrastructure projects, national security efforts, and help combat rising energy costs


Washington, Apr 17 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in the Energy and Water Subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy (DoE) and other related agencies, and totals $32.1 billion – a cut of $965 million below the President’s budget request.

Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said that while the bill makes responsible choices to cut spending where appropriate, it continues critical investments to address some of the nation’s most pressing national concerns – nuclear security, American economic competitiveness, functional and sufficient water and power infrastructure, and the rising price of gasoline.

“This legislation reflects the Appropriations Committee’s continued commitment to responsible and responsive federal budgets. While cutting spending in lower priority programs, the bill focuses taxpayer dollars where they are most needed and best used,” Rogers said.

“This bill includes critical funding for the National Nuclear Security Administration to ensure the safety and readiness of the nation’s nuclear stockpile – an essential function of our national security in these uncertain times. Also included is funding for the Army Corps of Engineers and various regional water and power authorities to maintain and expand critical infrastructure across the country to help businesses and communities thrive.  And, the bill increases investments in various energy programs to help address rising energy prices and the instability volatile gas prices have on the recovering economy,” Rogers continued.

Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen also commented on the importance of the bill:

“The nation faces challenging fiscal realities, yet this is a fair bill that recognizes our highest responsibilities – the defense of our country and support for American innovation and competitiveness.  To protect the interests of the taxpayer, our legislation enhances Congressional oversight of the agencies under our jurisdiction and cuts spending on lower priority programs, ensuring that every hard-earned taxpayer dollar will be well spent,” Energy and Water Subcommittee Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said.

A summary of the subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill follows:

Department of Energy (DOE) - Funding for DOE within the legislation totals $26.3 billion – a cut of $365 million below last year’s level and $1.8 billion below the President’s request. Within this funding, priority was given to programs that support economic competitiveness, reduce the volatility of gasoline prices, and strengthen the nation’s security.

Army Corps of Engineers – The Army Corps of Engineers is funded at $4.8 billion. There are no congressionally earmarked projects within this bill.

The legislation advances American competitiveness and export ability by providing more than $1.89 billion for navigation projects and studies, including $1 billion in funding from the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, to help increase commerce through the nation’s ports and other waterways.  The bill also promotes public health and safety by funding flood risk management activities at $1.45 billion – including $451 million for critical dam safety improvements. 

The bill does not fund all of the presidentially requested projects for the Army Corps, instead focusing funding on navigation and flood control activities that will have a more immediate impact on job creation and the economy. Due to the large number of ongoing Corps projects, the bill provides $324 million for essential flood control and navigation projects to be prioritized by the Corps. This additional flexibility will help address critical navigation and flood control needs across the country, while improving Administration transparency and maintaining Congressional authority over budget decisions.

Bureau of Reclamation - The legislation contains $988 million – $89 million below last year’s level and $47 million below the President’s request – for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding is intended to help manage, develop, and protect the water resources of the western states.

For the complete text of the subcommittee draft of the FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-112HR-SC-AP-FY13-EnergyWater.pdf

Updated 11:36am 4/17/12