Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2021 Energy and Water Development Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill. For fiscal year 2021, the legislation invests $49.6 billion in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.26 billion, or 3 percent, above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level. To respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic recession, the bill provides an additional $43.5 billion in emergency spending.
The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“Ensuring a vibrant economic recovery from the pandemic and economic recession is my highest priority as Chairwoman,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur. “This bill makes critical investments in rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure to bolster the efficient movement of goods, in funding innovation at the Department of Energy and the jobs that follow, and in combating climate change by moving clean energy technologies to the marketplace. This bill rejects the President’s drastic, short-sighted cuts across the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, and Bureau of Reclamation – all of which contribute to our nation’s economic prosperity. This bill also rejects the dangerous and unnecessary plans to restart underground nuclear testing. This bill will put Americans to work while keeping our nation at the forefront of global energy innovation, accelerating improvements to water infrastructure, responsibly funding our nuclear deterrent, and ensuring that low-income households across the country have energy-efficient and more livable homes.”
“The strong funding in this bill is critical to our nation’s ability to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis while revitalizing America’s energy and water infrastructure and leading the way for energy innovation,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “Critically, the bill would prevent the Trump administration from using any funds to carry out its dangerous and short-sighted plan to resume nuclear testing. With this bill, we will get Americans back to work, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and set a course for a clean energy future.”