"Today, we consider the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior Appropriations bill. I know that Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Moran, the Subcommittee and staff on both sides have put a great deal of effort and care into this bill we have before us today, and I thank them for their work.
"Thank you, Chairman Crenshaw and Ranking Member Honda, for your hard work on the Legislative Branch bill.
"The recommendation for FY12 provides $3.3 billion, excluding Senate items, which are traditionally left to the Senate to determine. This is a decrease of $227 million, or 6.4%, from the FY2011 enacted level and a decrease of $472 million, or 12.4%, from the requested level.
"I thank the Chairman for yielding, and I congratulate him on completing the FY12 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriation Bill. Mr. Wolf, Mr. Fattah and staff on both sides have worked tirelessly to bring this important legislation before the subcommittee today.
"Good morning and welcome to the subcommittee markup of the fiscal year 2012 Interior, Environment and Related Agencies bill. I want to thank our colleagues, especially Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Dicks, for joining us this morning.
"I thank the Chairman for yielding, and I congratulate him on completing the FY12 Interior Appropriations Bill. Mr. Simpson, Mr. Moran and staff on both sides have worked tirelessly to bring this important legislation before the subcommittee today.