Senate Appropriations Committee Releases FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Spending Levels; Includes Funding for Regional Commissions

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee released the text of their fiscal  year (FY) 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  The bill was approved by the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee by a voice vote on June 17.  Traditionally, the committee does not release funding details of a bill until it has passed the full committee, but since there is unlikely to be full committee action on the bill, the text has been released in an effort to lay down a marker of Senate priorities for a future Continuing Resolution (CR) or omnibus spending package.

The Energy and Water Appropriations bill includes funding for the federal-state regional commissions.  The bill provides $80 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission, a slight decrease from the House-passed level of $80.3 million.  ARC’s allocation includes $10 million for a workforce training program in Southern Appalachia, primarily focused on the automotive supplier industry to benefit economically distressed counties.  Funds would be distributed according to ARC’s distressed counties formula.  The bill includes $12 million for the Delta Regional Authority, level with the House-passed level; $5 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission, $2 million above the House-passed level; and $10 million for the Denali Commission, level with the House-passed level.  The Senate bill does not mention the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, which is funded at $250,000 for FY2015 in the House-passed bill.

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