A busy weekend in Washington D.C., the House Appropriations Committee began work on the
FY 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill this week.
The bill funds the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Department of Energy,
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities. It cleared
the subcommittee by voice vote on Thursday, June 2 and Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Chairman of
the Appropriations Committee, indicated he would move the bill through the full committee and
onto the floor before the August recess.
The bill provides $4.8 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers including $1.6 billion for
construction projects and $2.4 million for operations and maintenance. This is less than a 2%
decrease from FY 2011. It also provides $27 million in general funds for flood control and
navigation projects. The Corps must provide a spending plan for these funds to Congress within
45 days of enactment.
We will keep you apprised on the spending plan and budget discussions.
— John Coleman, Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition