House Passes FY12 Energy-Water Appropriations Bill

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended $30.6 billion Energy-Water spending bill (H.R. 2354) that contains fiscal year 2012 funding for the U.S. Energy Department, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation and several regional water and power authorities. It would provide about $2 billion less than current levels and $5.9 billion less than President Obama’s request.  This bill provides funding for all of the federal-state regional commissions.

During the debate, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) offered an amendment to eliminate funding for the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission which failed.  Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-NC) gave an outstanding floor speech defending the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission and applauding the great work of the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Commission.  Below is a summary of the funding levels for the commissions.  This is the fifth appropriations bill that the House has passed.  The Senate has not yet begun work on a FY2012 Energy-Water appropriations measure.

  •  Appalachian Regional Commission:  The bill would provide $68.4 million, down from $76 million in FY2010, $137,000 above FY11 and $7.6M below President Obama’s FY12 budget request
  • Delta Regional Authority: The bill would provide $11.7 million, down from $13 million in FY2010
  • Denali Commission: $10.7 million, down from $11.97 million in FY2010
  • Northern Border Regional Commission: $1.35 million, down from $1.5 million in FY2010
  • Southeast Crescent Regional Commission:  $250,000, level with FY2011 funding
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