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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill
Protecting the nation from security threats and maintaining U.S. nuclear weapons, promoting an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, and investing in water resources projects are funding priorities

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Washington, April 19, 2016 -

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), and other related agencies. 

The bill totals $37.4 billion – $259 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $168 million above the President’s budget request.

“Totaling $37.5 billion, this bill targets funding toward two of our most critical priorities: a strong national security, and robust energy and water infrastructure,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said, “These are investments that will promote a more secure and prosperous future for our nation.”

Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson also commented on the importance of the bill:

“This is a responsible bill that supports U.S. national security, safety, and economic competitiveness – balancing these critical priorities while maintaining tight budget caps,” Chairman Simpson said. “It prioritizes the maintenance and safety of our nuclear weapons, and makes strategic investments in infrastructure projects and energy research that will help grow our economy.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Simpson – The manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

The legislation was approved by the full committee on a voice vote.

For a summary, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394488

For the text of the draft bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-FC-AP-FY2017-AP00-EnergyWater.pdf

For the draft bill report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-energywater.pdf

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