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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

July 12, 2017

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on a voice vote. 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 $37.56 billion – $209 million below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level and $3.65 billion above the President's budget request. Funding is targeted toward national security efforts – including nuclear weapons activities – and energy and water infrastructure investments.

"National security is our number-one priority, and this bill will fund essential programs that maintain our nuclear deterrence posture in the face of growing global threats – including North Korea and other countries that are testing the tolerance of the international community," House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen said. "Further, this legislation will make important investments in our energy development and water infrastructure to keep our economy growing and to continue the country's lead in essential energy technology and innovation."

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

"This bill prioritizes fulfilling our national security needs and maintaining critical investments to support American competitiveness within tight budget caps," said Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson. "It strikes a responsible balance between the modernization and safety of our nuclear weapons, advancing our national infrastructure, and strategic investments in basic science and energy R&D."

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 bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

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