House Approves FY2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

Posted on: July 12th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On July 10, the House approved its version of the FY2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2609) by a vote of 227 to 198. The bill totals $30.4 billion for FY2014, which is $2.9 billion below the FY2013 enacted level and $4.1 billion below the President’s FY2014 budget request. The legislation provides annual funding for the five regional economic development commissions.

Highlights of the bill:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) – provides $70.3 million for the ARC, which is $5 million higher than the FY2013 enacted level and $5 million higher than the President’s FY2014 budget request.
  • Delta Regional Authority (DRA) – provides $11.3 million for DRA, which is level with the FY2013 enacted level and level with the President’s FY2014 budget request.
  • Denali Commission – provides $7.3 million for the commission, which is level with the FY2013 enacted level and level with the President’s FY2014 budget request.
  • Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) – provides $1.3 million for the NBRC, which is slightly higher than the FY2013 enacted level and slightly higher than the President’s FY2014 budget request.
  • Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SECA) – provides $250,000 for the commission, which is level with the FY2013 enacted level. The President’s FY2014 budget request did not include funding for the commission.

During floor consideration of the bill an amendment was offered by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) to eliminate FY2014 funding for all the regional economic development commissions. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 147 to 273.

On June 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved their version of the bill, which now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

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