OMB recommends veto of energy and water appropriations bill
Originally published July 12, 2013
The White House Office of Management and Budget said it would recommend that President Obama veto the fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 26. The House passed the bill on July 10 (see story, above).
OMB had signalled earlier this year that it would recommend a veto of any appropriations bill until a broad budget deal on funding for the entire federal government has been negotiated, but the budget office said specific policy concerns about the House energy and water bill merited a veto recommendation.
"The bill drastically underfunds critical investments that: develop American energy sources to build a clean and secure energy future; develop and commercialize the emerging technologies that create high-quality jobs and enhance the nation's economic competiveness; and improve resilience against current and ongoing climate impacts that threaten our economy, public health, and natural resources," OMB said.
The bill would provide $30.4 billion for energy and water programs in 2014, down from $36.7 billion appropriated for 2013 ($34.2 billion in 2013 after taking into consideration the effects of sequestration) and $4.2 billion less than proposed under a version of the bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 27 (see Public Power Weekly, July 8).
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