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House and Senate appropriators are far apart on energy and water funding


From the July 8, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 8, 2013

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committee have approved energy and water appropriations bills for fiscal 2014, but the bills are significantly different—to the tune of more than $4 billion. Given the differences, enactment of an energy and water appropriations bill for fiscal 2014 is highly unlikely.

The House bill would provide a total of $30.4 billion, which the committee said would be $4.1 billion below the president’s request and approximately $700 million below the level caused by sequestration. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved fiscal year 2014 funding of $34.8 billion. In a comparison of the bills, the Senate committee said the House would provide $1.4 billion less for energy efficiency and renewable energy activities; $500 million below the Senate mark for the Energy Department’s Office of Science; $329 million less for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E); $596 million less for flood control and navigation; and $630 million less for environmental cleanup.

Interestingly, the House panel said its $30.4 billion mark is $2.9 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level, while the Senate committee said its $34.8 billion bill is $1.96 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level.

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