House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves FY2012 Interior-Environment Spending Bill

Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

On July 6, the House Appropriations Committee released the subcommittee draft of the FY2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which was subsequently marked up in the Interior-Environment Subcommittee.  The bill provides $27.5 billion in spending, a reduction of $2.1 billion below last year’s level of $29.5 billion and $3.8 billion below the President’s budget request of $31.2 billion.

Department of the Interior:  The bill provides $9.9 billion in spending for the Department of Interior, a $720 million reduction from current spending and $1.2 billion below the President’s FY2012 request. 

  • The Bureau of Land Management would receive $1 billion, a decrease of $63 million from the current year.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):  The bill provides $7.1 billion in spending for EPA, a reduction of $1.5 billion from FY2011 levels.  The cuts to EPA programs include: 

  • The Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund would receive $1.5 billion (down $1 billion from the $2.4 billion they received in FY2011).  These programs help fund state and local water infrastructure improvements nationwide.
  • Regulation of greenhouse gases would be cut $46 million
  • EPA regulatory programs would be cut $76 million
  • Grants for state implementation of environmental programs would be cut $102 million
  • Numerous restrictions to agency water policies related to coal mining in Appalachia would be included as well
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