Senate Rejects Amendment to Eliminate Funding for Federal-State Regional Commissions

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by NADO Admin

This week, the Senate began consideration of its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  During consideration of the bill, Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) offered an amendment to eliminate funding for all federal-state regional commissions.  The amendment was rejected by a vote of 71 to 25.  Click here (http://www NULL.senate NULL.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm NULL.cfm?congress=114&session=2&vote=00056) to view a vote tally.

The bill totals $37.5 billion, $355 million above the FY2016 enacted level and $261 million above the President’s budget request.  The bill includes the following funding allocations for federal-state regional commissions:

  • Appalachian Regional Commission: $151 million, $5 million above the FY2016 enacted level and $31 million above the President’s budget request;
  • Delta Regional Authority: $25 million, level with the FY2016 amount and $9 million above the President’s budget request;
  • Denali Commission: $15 million, $4 million above the FY2016 enacted level and level with the President’s budget request;
  • Northern Border Regional Commission: $10 million, $2.5 million above the FY2016 enacted level and $5 million above the President’s request;
  • Southeast Crescent Regional Commission: no funding provided.

A final vote on the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill is expected early next week.

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