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Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

H.R. 5325

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Washington, June 6, 2012 | comments

 The House Energy and Water Development appropriations bill provides $32.09 billion in discretionary budget authority, $87.5 million, or 0.3 percent, above the enacted FY 2012 levels and $965 million below the president's request, a 2.9 percent decrease. 

The bill includes $26.1 billion for the Department of Energy, $4.8 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers and $948 million for the Department of the Interior (primarily for the Bureau of Reclamation with the rest of Interior funded through other bills).  The spending levels in the bill do not exceed the 302(b) allocations adopted by the Appropriations Committee, which are consistent with the overall spending level approved by the House in the Budget Resolution (H. Con. Res. 112).  

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National Security Programs.
 The bill provides $11.3 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which builds and maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and naval nuclear reactors.  This is an increase of 2.5% over fiscal year 2012 levels, but 2.3% below the level requested by the administration.  The bill also provides $5.5 billion for environmental clean-up associated with the nuclear weapons complex.  This is $112 million below 2012 enacted levels and $474 million below the administration request.

Civilian Energy Programs.  The bill includes $8.98 billion for civilian energy programs, 8.5% below the administration’s request of $9.82 billion. The bill provides $1.4 billion for DOE's Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, a decrease of $886 million or 39% from the president's request and $428 million or 24% below fiscal year 2012.  The bill provides the DOE’s Office of Science funding of $4.8 billion, $191 million, or 3.8% percent, below the administration's request and $72 million below last year's level.   The bill also continues the reinstatement of activities at the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository and includes $25 million for the nuclear waste fund and licensing, which was discontinued by the administration in its fiscal year 2012 request. 

Water Programs.  The Army Corps of Engineers would receive $4.8 billion, $188 million less than in 2012, or 3.8 percent, but $83 million above the president's request.  The bill provides $927 million, $68 million or 6.8% less than the fiscal year 2012 request for the Bureau of Reclamation. 

The bill provides $27 million, $3 million below the President’s request and equal to current year levels, for navigation and flood control construction activities.

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