Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill

June 1, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2012 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in the Energy and Water Subcommittee tomorrow.

The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities. The bill released today totals $30.6 billion – a cut of $5.9 billion below the President’s request and $1 billion below last year – which brings the total cost of the bill to nearly the 2006 funding level.

Army Corps of EngineersThe Army Corps of Engineers is funded at $4.8 billion, a decrease of $89 million below last year’s level and $195 million above the budget request. There are no congressionally earmarked projects within this bill.

The legislation advances American competitiveness and export ability by providing more than $1.75 billion for navigation projects and studies. The bill also supports public health and safety by funding flood and coastal storm damage reduction activities at $1.54 billion – including $474 million for critical dam safety improvements.

The bill does not fund all of the presidentially requested projects for the Army Corps – redirecting $59 million to navigation and flood control activities that will have a more immediate impact on job creation and the economy. Due to the large number of ongoing projects, the bill provides a limited amount of discretionary funding to continue essential flood control and navigation projects to be prioritized by the Corps. This additional flexibility will help address critical navigation and flood control needs across this country, while improving Administration transparency and maintaining Congressional authority over budget decisions.

Bureau of Reclamation – The legislation contains $934 million – $161 million below last year’s level and $117 million below the President’s request – for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation. This funding is intended to help manage, develop and protect the water resources of the western states.

For the complete text of the subcommittee draft of the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, please visit: http://republicans.appropriations.house.gov/_files/EnergyWaterDPOSTED_xml.pdf

The following table compares the FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill with last year’s level and the President’s request:

(Numbers in $000)

FY11 enacted FY12 request Mark Compared to FY11 Compared to request
Title I:  Corps of Engineers – Civil 4,857,213 4,573,000 4,768,406 -88,807 195,406
Investigations 126,746 104,000 104,000 -22,746 —-
Construction 1,613,822 1,480,000 1,565,941 -47,881 85,941
Mississippi River and Tributaries 241,906 152,000 210,000 -31,906 58,000
Operations and Maintenance 2,365,759 2,314,000 2,366,465 706 52,465
Flood control and coastal emergencies —- 27,000 27,000 27,000 —-
Title II:  Department of the Interior 1,094,525 1,051,380 934,000 -160,525 -117,380
Water and Related Resources 911,673 805,187 822,300 -89,373 17,113
Subtotal, Bureau of Reclamation 1,062,585 1,018,389 971,296 -91,289 -47,093
Title III:  Department of Energy 25,591,176 30,683,802 24,740,746 -850,430 -5,943,056
Energy efficiency and renewable energy 1,795,641 3,200,053 1,304,636 -491,005 -1,895,417
Nuclear energy 725,824 754,028 733,633 7,809 -20,395
Fossil Energy R&D 444,529 452,975 476,993 32,464 24,018
Uranium Enrichment D&D Program 497,084 504,169 449,000 -48,084 -55,169
Science 4,842,665 5,416,114 4,800,000 -42,665 -616,114
Nuclear waste disposal -2,800 —- 25,000 27,800 25,000
ARPA-E 179,640 550,011 100,000 -79,640 -450,011
Loan Guarantee Program -340 1,060,000 160,000 160,340 -900,000
Subtotal, Energy programs 9,181,665 12,596,391 8,282,016 -899,649 -4,314,375
Weapons Activities 6,896,398 7,589,384 7,091,661 195,263 -497,723
Defense nuclear nonproliferation 2,273,653 2,519,492 2,056,770 -216,883 -462,722
Naval Reactors 959,176 1,153,662 1,030,600 71,424 -123,062
Subtotal, Defense Activities 10,522,520 11,712,598 10,599,031 76,511 -1,113,567
Defense environmental cleanup 4,979,738 5,406,781 4,937,619 -42,119 -469,162
Other defense activities 785,020 859,952 814,000 28,980 -45,952
Power Marketing Administrations 122,233 108,080 108,080 -14,153 —-
Title IV:  Independent Agencies 246,981 267,627 266,575 19,594 -1,052
Appalachian Regional Commission 68,263 76,000 68,400 137 -7,600
Delta Regional Authority 11,677 13,000 11,700 23 -1,300
Denali Commission -4,321 11,965 10,700 15,021 -1,265
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 138,072 128,600 137,613 -459 9,013
Grand total 31,682,000 36,539,809 30,638,727 -1,043,273 -5,901,082

Read the entire press release from the U.S. House of Representatives here: http://appropriations.house.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=320&Month=6&Year=2011