Committee on Appropriations

Hal Rogers

House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations Bill

2014/07/16

The House today approved the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill (H.R. 5016) on a vote of 228-195. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies.

The bill totals $21.3 billion in funding for these agencies, which is $566 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $2.3 billion below the President’s request for these programs. The legislation prioritizes programs critical to enforcing laws, maintaining an effective judiciary system, and helping small businesses, while targeting lower-priority or poor-performing programs – such as the Internal Revenue Service – for reductions.

“This legislation reflects common-sense decisions to prioritize programs and services that are effective, efficient, and responsible with taxpayer dollars, and I’m pleased that it received House approval today,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill will help ensure wise investments and good stewardship of each and every tax dollar, while focusing appropriate funding cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies – such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service.”

“The subcommittee jurisdiction covers a diverse group of agencies and activities, including financial regulators, tax collection, the White House, federal courts, the District of Columbia, the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Administration,” Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw said. “With an allocation of $566 million less than fiscal year 2014, we have provided critical funding to support small businesses and law enforcement while reducing funding for activities that are not essential to the operations of the federal government or that have a history of wasting taxpayer resources. The bill also takes important steps to make the Administration, the Internal Revenue Service in particular, more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer,” he continued.

For a list of House adopted amendments to the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.16.14_FY_2015_Financial_Services_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For the text of the bill, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr5016/BILLS-113hr5016rh.pdf

 For the bill report, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt508/CRPT-113hrpt508.pdf

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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Bill

2014/07/15

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill on a vote of 29-19. The legislation includes funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and various independent and related agencies.

In total, the bill includes $30.2 billion in base funding, an increase of $162 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and a reduction of $409 million below the President’s request. This includes a one-time payment of $442 million for “Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) – which provides funds to local communities with large areas of federal land to help offset losses in property taxes – and $4.1 billion to prevent and combat devastating wildland fires. In addition, the legislation also includes policy provisions to stop unnecessary, job-killing regulations by federal agencies such as the EPA.

“This bill will ensure the proper management of the nation’s vast natural resources, invest in programs for the well-being of our local communities, and help prevent and fight the wildland fires that cause millions of dollars in damages every year, all while keeping a close eye on the spending of each and every tax dollar,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “In addition, this legislation contains important provisions to rein in the harmful regulatory overreach of federal bureaucracies that will unnecessarily cause job loss and that will weaken our recovering economy.”

Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert also commented on the bill.

“The Interior and Environment bill provides the agencies within its jurisdiction with the resources necessary to carry out their mission in times that are fiscally challenging,” said Chairman Calvert. “This bill also protects Americans from the onslaught of job-killing regulations coming from the EPA, and makes difficult decisions to carefully balance national priorities. I am pleased that our Subcommittee continues to place an emphasis on producing energy on federal lands, providing robust funding for our wildland fire accounts, and addressing a variety of health, education, and safety needs within Indian Country.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Calvert – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Wolf – The amendment adds bill language designating February 22, George Washington’s actual birthday, as a national holiday. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Graves – The amendment prohibits EPA from finalizing a rule to allow the Agency to collect fines and penalties via administratively garnishing wages. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Kaptur – The amendment adds language to the report to urge the National Park Service to advance interpretive efforts on the start of the "westward expansion" through the Northwest Territory. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Reps. Aderholt/Visclosky –The amendment adds bill language requiring that all iron and steel used in drinking water infrastructure projects be sourced within the United States. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Amodei – The amendment adds report language clarifying the process for products to be designated as “made in America.” The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

For the text of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-fc-ap-fy2015-ap00-interior.pdf

For the bill report, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2015-interior.pdf

 

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Chairman Rogers Floor Statement in Support of FY 2015 Financial Services Funding Bill

2014/07/14

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill:

"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support H.R. 5016, the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.

"This bill provides $21.3 billion to fund many important programs and services that help our government function and our economy grow.

"For example, this bill includes $862 million for the Small Business Administration to assist our small businesses – which are the backbone of our economy – to prosper. It also includes $6.7 billion for our federal courts to ensure the faithful execution of our laws and the timely processing of federal cases.

"But this bill also demonstrates a commitment to keeping poor-performing or misbehaving agencies and programs in check.

"It cuts funding for the IRS by $341 million from last year – nearly 12% below the President’s request. This funding level will allow the agency to perform its core duties, but will require IRS management to streamline and make the very best use of its allocated dollars.

"We have also included language that will help ensure that each and every dollar spent by the IRS is spent legally, responsibly, and appropriately.

"For instance, the bill prohibits funding for the production of inappropriate videos and conferences, and for employee bonuses or awards unless their performance is considered.

"The bill also prohibits funding for the IRS to implement Obamacare’s individual health care mandate on the American people. In light of the chaotic and dysfunctional rollout of the Affordable Care Act, I do not see how in good conscience we can possibly allow the IRS to fine American citizens when many are just trying to comply with this flawed law.

"Due to the past inappropriate actions by the IRS, we also have prohibited funding for certain activities to prevent a repeat of these abuses, including: targeting individuals based on their political beliefs; determining the tax-exempt status of organizations under section 501(c)(4); and several other provisions that will help preserve the First Amendment Rights of all Americans.

"This bill is designed to make sure the government works for the people – not against the people or our laws.

"Bill-wide, we have included stringent oversight, accountability, and transparency measures to make sure each and every agency toes the line. This includes prohibitions on funding for the Executive Office of the President to prepare signing statements and Executive Orders that contradict existing law, and a provision that will bring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of Financial Research under the annual appropriations process – ensuring that these agencies will remain accountable to the taxpayer.

"These actions fulfill our congressional duty to the American people: to act as faithful shepherds of federal tax dollars, to force these agencies to respect our laws and our budgets, and to encourage a more streamlined, efficient federal government.

"I would like to thank Chairman Crenshaw and Ranking Member Serrano for their dedicated work on this bill. Together with the rest of the subcommittee and staff, you have brought a good bill before the House today.

"This legislation reflects common-sense decisions to prioritize programs and services that are effective, efficient, and responsible with taxpayer dollars. I urge my colleagues to support it.

"Thank you, and I yield back."

 

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Chairman Crenshaw Floor Statement in Support of FY 2015 Financial Services Funding Bill

2014/07/14

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services Chairman Ander Crenshaw gave the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 5016, the Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill:

"Mr. Chairman, I yield myself as much time as I may consume.  I am pleased to present to the House the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government bill.  This Subcommittee has jurisdiction over a diverse group of agencies and activities including financial regulators, tax collection, the White House, the Federal courts, DC, GSA and the Small Business Administration.  This Subcommittee was created in 2007 and the fiscal year 2008 Financial Services bill was the only time that the House considered this bill under an open amendment process.  The agencies under this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction play an important role in the functioning of our government and I believe every Member should have the ability to offer germane amendments that impact the funding provided in the bill.

:The bill we are considering today provides $21.3 billion in discretionary funding which is $566 million or 2.6 percent less than fiscal year 2014 and $2.3 billion or 9.6 percent below the request.  The Subcommittee’s allocation is a reduction, but one that is necessary to live within the discretionary budget cap provided in the Ryan-Murray agreement.  The allocation is sufficient to fund priority programs while reducing funding for activities that are not essential to the operations of the Federal government or that have a history of wasting taxpayer resources. 

"One of the main priorities of the bill is funding for law enforcement activities.  The bill provides increased funding over the fiscal year 2014 level for several law enforcement activities.  The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program receives a $6.5 million increase.  The Drug Free Communities program gets a $3 million increase, and Treasury’s Terrorism and Financial Intelligence activities, which develop and enforce sanctions programs, receive an $18 million increase.  In addition, ample funding is provided for the operations of the Federal and DC courts, as well as for the supervision of offenders and defendants living in our communities. 

"Another priority for the bill is supporting small businesses and assisting in private sector job creation.  The bill provides $195 million for SBA’s business loan programs to support $18.5 billion in 7(a) lending and $7.5 billion in 504 lending.  The bill also provides increases over the current year for Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund program.  In addition, the bill requires certain regulatory agencies to report to the Committee on their efforts to eliminate duplicative, outdated and burdensome regulations.

"In order to live within our allocation, we had to reduce funding in some areas.  We eliminate 9 programs, such as the Christopher Columbus Foundation and the Election Assistance Commission, that are no longer necessary or are not critical to the operations of the Federal government. We reduce funding for more than a dozen agencies and programs that can operate with a little less, like the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission.

"For GSA, we reduce the funding in the Federal Buildings Fund by $240 million and continue to require them to regularly report on their spending and the state of their building portfolio.  The bill provides GSA with enough funds to operate their current building inventory and provides funding for 3 land port of entry construction projects.  We also continue to push GSA to reduce surplus and vacant space by designating funding specifically for consolidation projects and property disposal projects, and require GSA to prove that the projects funded in these programs will save funding in the long run.

"In order to increase transparency and accountability of agencies created by Dodd-Frank, the bill makes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Office of Financial Research subject to the appropriations process and requires reports on their activities.  Dodd-Frank created these agencies and purposefully put their funding outside of an annual review by the Congress.  This bill corrects that flaw.

"The bill freezes funding for the White House and the OMB.  It also includes a requirement that the OMB submit the President’s budget request on time – or face a withholding of approximately seven months of their budget until the President’s request is sent. In addition, the bill contains a prohibition on funding for the White House to prepare signing statements and Executive Orders that contradict existing law.

"Finally, I would like to discuss the IRS.  The Committee remains outraged by their activities including the inappropriate singling out of certain tax-exempt groups based on their political beliefs, wasteful spending on conferences and videos, and providing bonuses to staff without evaluating their conduct or tax compliance. While last year’s bill includes some important spending and targeting reforms, we think more needs to be done to rebuild the confidence of the American people and cannot agree to the requested increase in funding. The bill provides the IRS with $10.95 billion, which is $341 million below the current level and $1.5 billion below the request. This funds the IRS below their fiscal year 2008 level. In addition, the Committee includes language which:

  • Prohibits funds for employee bonuses and awards for IRS employees that do not consider the conduct and tax compliance of such employee,
  • Prohibits funds for targeting groups for regulatory scrutiny based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights,
  • Prohibits funds for inappropriate conferences and videos,
  • Requires a report on the amount of official time used by IRS employees for union activities,
  • Prohibits the White House from ordering the IRS to determine the tax-exempt status of an organization, and
  • Requires extensive reporting on IRS spending.

"Language is also included prohibiting funds for Treasury to implement the proposed or a revised regulation regarding the standards and definitions used to determine the tax exempt status under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. I believe that the Administration should wait until the investigations into the inappropriate singling out of certain tax-exempt groups based on their political beliefs are completed before proposing to make any regulatory changes regarding section 501(c)(4).  It is troubling that the IRS expects Americans to keep their tax records for seven years, but it isn’t capable of retaining emails from a few years ago.

"I also continue to be concerned with the IRS' role in implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate, in particular. At a time when the IRS has demonstrated little ability to either self-police or self-correct, the IRS has even more authority over Americans' health coverage. I find this expansion of IRS authority to be unacceptable and, therefore, the bill prohibits funding to implement the individual mandate and prohibits transfers from the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the IRS' implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

"I want to thank all of the Subcommittee Members for their input into the bill and their participation in our 10 hearings this year – 2 of which were with the IRS Commissioner.  I also want to thank Chairman Rogers for his assistance in moving the bill. 

"To conclude, I would like to thank Ranking Member Jose Serrano.  I appreciate Mr. Serrano’s approach to the Committee’s work and his desire to get back to regular order.  His input has improved the bill.  I know that he believes there should be additional funds in the bill and I look forward to working closely with him and all Members of the Subcommittee as the bill moves forward." 

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Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2014/07/10

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House Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2014/07/10

The U.S. House approved the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill on a bipartisan vote of 253-170. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy (DOE), and other related agencies.

The bill totals $34 billion – a $50 million reduction from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and an increase of $327 million above the President’s request.

“This is a balanced, thorough bill that makes important investments in our nation’s nuclear defense capabilities, as well as the water infrastructure and energy resources that keep our economy moving. And, it does so in a fiscally sound manner – finding ways to save taxpayer dollars wherever possible,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said.

Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson also commented on the importance of the bill:

"This bill reflects the tough decisions necessitated by our challenging fiscal environment, while placing emphasis where it is needed most: meeting critical national security needs and investing in our nation's infrastructure," Chairman Simpson said. "It prioritizes the maintenance and safety of our nuclear weapons stockpile, while also funding important infrastructure projects and research that will increase U.S. economic competitiveness and growth."  

 
For House adopted amendments to the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/07.10.14_FY_2015_Energy_and_Water_Bill_-_Floor_Adopted_Amendments.pdf

For the text of the bill, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/bills/hr4923/BILLS-113hr4923rh.pdf

For the bill report, please visit: https://beta.congress.gov/113/crpt/hrpt486/CRPT-113hrpt486.pdf

 

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Chairman Rogers Floor Statement in Support of H.R. 4923, FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2014/07/09

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers made the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 4923, the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 4923, the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill.

This is a balanced bill that makes important investments in our nation’s nuclear defense capabilities, as well as the water infrastructure and energy resources that keep our economy moving. And it does so in a fiscally sound manner, finding ways to save taxpayer dollars wherever possible.

First and foremost, this legislation prioritizes national security by increasing funding for nuclear weapons programs above last year’s level to support the safety and readiness of our nuclear stockpiles.

Maintaining this nation’s nuclear deterrence posture remains critical to our safety, particularly during a time of growing global instability and increasing risks of future nuclear threats.

Next, this bill includes investments in our water infrastructure that will also help grow our economy, facilitate trade and commerce, and ensure the well-being of our nation. Recognizing the importance of what the Army Corps of Engineers does, we have rejected the Administration’s proposed cuts to these programs – providing nearly $1 billion more than requested, and $25 million above last year’s levels.

This funding will allow the Army Corps to continue its important work performing flood mitigation, updating dam safety, and improving our waterways to facilitate increased import and export ability.

Within the Department of Energy, we prioritize funding for programs that encourage economic competitiveness and energy independence, and that help promote an “all of the above” solution to the nation’s energy needs.

By making sound investments in coal, natural gas, and other fossil energy sources, we are moving our nation closer to a balanced energy portfolio – as well as keeping down energy costs for hard-working Americans across the country.

To make these important investments, the bill targets lower-priority programs for cuts. For example, renewable energy programs with the Department of Energy are cut by $113 million from last year’s levels.

By implementing these types of savings and including stringent oversight requirements for the DOE, the Army Corps, and other federal agencies, we have produced a bill that will support economic growth and security, while encouraging the government to act with greater efficiency.

The legislation also puts the brakes on the Obama Administration’s destructive and misguided regulatory agenda that threatens our nation’s small businesses and other industries.

For example, within this bill, we have included a provision prohibiting the unnecessary expansion of federal jurisdiction over our nation’s waterways.

At one of the subcommittee’s many hearings regarding the federal budget just a few weeks ago, the Assistant Secretary for the Corps could not provide clear answers as to how much these regulations would cost the American taxpayer, how many man-hours it would take to implement, and how such a change would affect our struggling economy.

Since the Corps plainly has no idea what it is doing with this rule, it would be irresponsible, if not disastrous, to allow such a change to move forward.

The bill also stops the Administration from changing the definition of “fill material” – an action that could drastically alter federal regulations and could effectively shut down coal and other mining operations throughout the country. 

While this proposal is very troubling on many levels, I am most concerned about the unknown costs of this large-scale, invasive change. This is the type of over-zealous, unneeded regulation that will harm – not help – our economy in this sensitive time.

Mr. Speaker, before I close, I would like to thank Chairman Simpson, Ranking Member Kaptur, the Subcommittee and the staff for their ahard work on this bill, and commend Chairman Simpson for a job well done on his first bill as Chairman of the Energy and Water Subcommittee.

This is a good bill that reflects smart budget decisions to invest tax dollars in effective, necessary programs that will help keep our nation safe and our economy growing. I urge my colleagues to vote “yes” on this bill.

Thank you, and I yield back.

 

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Chairman Mike Simpson Floor Statement in Support of H.R. 4923, the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2014/07/09

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Chairman Mike Simpson made the following statement on the House floor today in support of H.R. 4923, the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill:

It’s my distinct honor to present the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water bill for consideration before the full House.

I’d like to recognize the efforts of Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey to bring this bill to the floor. Their efforts to bring the appropriations process back to regular order ensure that our federal discretionary spending receives the full scrutiny of this body, and our committee process.

I’d also like to thank Ranking Member Kaptur for all of her work. Her contributions and advice have made this legislation stronger.

The bill before you totals $34.01 billion for the activities of the Department of Energy, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and other agencies under our jurisdiction. This is a $50 million reduction from last year’s funding levels.

The bill prioritizes investments in this nation’s infrastructure and national defense. As we do each year, we worked hard to incorporate priorities and perspectives from both sides of the aisle.

For instance, this bill overcomes the budget request’s proposed cut of nearly $1 billion to the critical programs of the Army Corps of Engineers.

The request would have led to economic disruptions as our ports and waterways filled in and would have left our communities and businesses vulnerable to flooding.  Instead, this bill recognizes the critical work of the Corps and provides $5.492 billion for those activities, $959 million above the request and $25 million above last year.

The bill takes a strong stand against government overreach by prohibiting changes to the definitions of “waters of the United States” and “fill material”.

The bill also provides $11.361 billion for the atomic security, nonproliferation, and naval reactors programs of the National Nuclear Security Administration, a $154 million increase from fiscal year 2014.

The bill is clear about our concern with Russia’s recent activities in eastern Europe. It eliminates all new funding for nonproliferation funding in Russia and requires that before the Secretary of Energy funds any activity in Russia, he must certify that the activity is in our national security interests.

Mr. Chairman, Russia’s activities in Ukraine have shown once again how important our nuclear security umbrella is to our allies. We’ve also seen how Russia has used Ukraine’s reliance on natural gas to put pressure on its new leadership. And the movements by insurgents to occupy Iraq threaten to drive oil prices through the roof.

Our country has abundant natural energy resources, and it is our national security and economic interest to ensure they are fully and responsibly used. That’s why this bill makes strong, balanced investments in our energy sector to ensure that our constituents continue to have reliable, affordable energy.

Fossil energy, which provided more than 71 percent of our electricity production in 2013, receives $593 million, a $31 million increase above fiscal year 2014. Nuclear energy is increased by $10 million above last year. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are slightly reduced by $113 million from last year. This balanced investment prioritizes improvements to energy sources that we rely upon today, while making longer-term investments in alternative energy sources.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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CLOSED: Budget Hearing - Overseas Contingency Operations Funding

2014/07/09

Witnesses: The Honorable Robert O. Work, Deputy Secretary of Defense; Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; The Honorable Mike McCord, Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller Read More

Chairman Rogers Statement on Emergency Funding Request by the White House for the Southwestern Border Crisis

2014/07/08

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers today issued the following statement on the request by President Obama for additional emergency funding to address the humanitarian and border enforcement crisis on the Southwestern border and to provide additional funding for wildland fire disasters.

“My Committee will soon receive a request from the White House for an additional $4.3 billion in emergency funding to address the ongoing humanitarian and border enforcement crisis on our nation’s southern border, and to fight wildland fires that cause millions of dollars in damage every year.

“In the next few days and weeks, my Committee will take a close and a thorough look at this funding request, and as per the normal Congressional process, will make our own determination on how to appropriately and wisely use taxpayer resources.

“Plainly, the situation for many of these unaccompanied children is extremely dire, and the United States has both a security and a moral obligation to help solve the crisis at hand.

“It is clear that additional funding will be needed to ensure the proper care of these unaccompanied children, to enforce the law, and to further secure our border so that these problems can be mitigated in the short term. Our Committee will focus on providing what is necessary to meet these ongoing needs.

“It is also apparent that additional funding to prevent and fight wildland fires – especially in the West where the damage has been so great – is necessary. Our Committee will review this proposal, and will respond appropriately to ensure that proper assistance is available to help the people and communities affected by these devastating fires.”

 

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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Bill

2014/07/08

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation includes funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and various independent and related agencies.

In total, the bill includes $30.2 billion in base funding, an increase of $162 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and a reduction of $409 million below the President’s request. This includes a one-time payment of $442 million for “Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) – which provides funds to local communities with large areas of federal land to help offset losses in property taxes – and $4.1 billion to prevent and combat devastating wildland fires. In addition, the legislation also includes policy provisions to stop unnecessary, job-killing regulations by federal agencies such as the EPA.

“This bill will ensure the proper management of the nation’s vast natural resources, invest in programs for the well-being of our local communities, and help prevent and fight the wildland fires that cause millions of dollars in damages every year, all while keeping a close eye on the spending of each and every tax dollar,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “In addition, this legislation contains important provisions to rein in the harmful regulatory overreach of federal bureaucracies that will unnecessarily cause job loss and that will weaken our recovering economy.”

Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert also commented on the bill.

“The Interior and Environment bill provides the agencies within its jurisdiction with the resources necessary to carry out their mission in times that are fiscally challenging,” said Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert. “This bill also protects Americans from the onslaught of job-killing regulations coming from the EPA, and makes difficult decisions to carefully balance national priorities.  I am pleased that our Subcommittee continues to place an emphasis on producing energy on federal lands, providing robust funding for our wildland fire accounts, and addressing a variety of health, education, and safety needs within Indian Country.”

Bill Highlights:

Wildland Firefighting and Prevention – In total, the bill funds wildland firefighting and prevention programs at $4.1 billion, $149 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The bill fully funds the 10-year average for wildland fire suppression costs for both the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service, includes an additional $470 million for the Forest Service to help fill the expected shortfall in fire suppression funding this year, and provides an increase of $90 million above the current level for hazardous fuels management. In addition, the bill includes funding for two next-generation aircraft to replace decades-old planes used for large-scale fire suppression.

Federal Payments to Local Communities – The bill provides $442 million for the “Payments In Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) program through a one-year extension of this mandatory program. PILT provides funds for local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their areas. The authorization for PILT is set to expire on September 30, 2014, and without congressional action, many rural communities could face huge budget shortfalls impacting public safety, education, and other local government responsibilities.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – The bill funds the EPA at $7.5 billion, a reduction of $717 million – or 9 percent – below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Administrative funding for the agency is cut by $24 million, including a 50 percent reduction to the Office of the Administrator, the Office of Congressional Affairs, and the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In addition, staffing levels at the EPA are held to 15,000, the lowest level since 1989. These reductions will help the agency streamline operations, and focus its activities on core duties, rather than unnecessary regulatory expansion.

The legislation also includes provisions to stop various harmful, costly, and potentially job-killing regulations by the EPA. For example, the bill prohibits the EPA from implementing new greenhouse gas regulations for new and existing power plants, changes to the definition of “navigable waters” under the Clean Water Act, and changes to the definition of “fill material.” The bill also includes policy provisions to protect the privacy of dairy and livestock farmers’ personal information, and to prevent the EPA from regulating the lead content of ammunition and fishing tackle.

Indian Health Service – Funding in the bill is prioritized to meet the nation’s obligations to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The bill includes $4.6 billion for the Indian Health Service, an increase of $208 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. This funding will help provide increased access to and improved healthcare for Native Americans, and includes targeted funding for problematic health care issues, including those related to domestic violence, dental health, alcohol and substance abuse, cardiovascular health, diabetes, and infant mortality.

Office of Surface Mining (OSM) – The OSM is funded at $149 million in the bill – essentially equal to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. The bill will fund grants to states at $68 million, and directs OSM to discontinue joint federal and state efforts to increase fees on private businesses. The bill also rejects a White House proposal to impose new fees on the mining industry. The legislation also includes a provision to stop potentially economically damaging changes to the “stream buffer rule.”

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) – The bill contains $1.1 billion for the BLM, a decrease of $13 million from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Within this funding, the bill increases oil and gas programs by $20 million from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level to speed permitting and to increase inspections. The bill also rejects a proposal by the President to increase oil and gas fees by $48 million – which could hinder the exploration and use of domestic energy resources – and denies a proposal to increase federal land grazing fees by $6.5 million.

National Park Service (NPS) – The legislation contains $2.6 billion for the NPS, an increase of $3 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. This funding will ensure that every National Park will remain open and fully operational next year.

U.S. Forest Service – The bill includes $5.6 billion for the Forest Service, which is $85.7 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Much of this funding is related to wildland fire prevention and suppression (as described above). The bill also includes a provision prohibiting the Forest Service or BLM from issuing new closures of public lands to hunting and recreational shooting, except in the case of public safety or extreme weather, and does not include any of the Administration’s proposed increases in livestock grazing fees. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) – The FWS is funded at $1.4 billion in the bill, a cut of $4 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Within this amount, the legislation prioritizes funding for programs such as those to fight invasive species, to prevent illegal wildlife trafficking, and to prevent the closure of fish hatcheries. The bill includes a one-year delay on any further Endangered Species Act rulemaking for the “greater sage-grouse” and “Gunnison sage-grouse,” and prohibits the FWS from administratively establishing new or expanding existing wildlife refuges.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) – The bill includes $1 billion for the USGS, a $4 million increase above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. Within this amount, the bill prioritizes funding for programs dealing with natural hazards, stream gages, the groundwater monitoring network, mapping activities, and the earthquake early warning system. 

Smithsonian Institution – The Smithsonian Institution is funded at $813 million in the bill – an increase of $8 million above the fiscal year 2014 enacted level. This includes funding to complete construction of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities – The bill includes $138 million for each of the endowments, a reduction of $16 million compared to the fiscal year 2014 enacted level.

Program Eliminations – The bill does not include funding for several programs, such as: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border grant program, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. 

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2015-Interior-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

 

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2014/07/02

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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Bill

2014/06/25

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill on a vote of 28-21. The bill provides annual funding for the Treasury Department, the Judiciary, the Small Business Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and several other agencies.

The bill totals $21.3 billion in funding for these agencies, which is $566 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $2.3 billion below the President’s request for these programs. The legislation prioritizes programs critical to enforcing laws, maintaining an effective judiciary system, and helping small businesses, while targeting lower-priority or poor-performing programs – such as the Internal Revenue Service – for reductions.

“This bill reflects common-sense decisions to place priority on programs and services that are effective, efficient, and essential to the financial health of our nation and the federal government’s service to our people,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “In order to make these investments and to be good stewards of each and every tax dollar, the bill focuses cuts on lower-priority or poor-performing agencies – such as the scandal-plagued and inefficient Internal Revenue Service.”

“The subcommittee jurisdiction covers a diverse group of agencies and activities, including financial regulators, tax collection, the White House, federal courts, the District of Columbia, the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Administration,” Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw said. “With an allocation of $566 million less than fiscal year 2014, we have provided critical funding to support small businesses and law enforcement while reducing funding for activities that are not essential to the operations of the federal government or that have a history of wasting taxpayer resources. The bill also takes important steps to make the Administration, the Internal Revenue Service in particular, more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer,” he continued.

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Crenshaw – The manager’s amendment makes technical and non-controversial changes to the bill and report, and includes a funding prohibition on destroying IRS records in contravention of the Federal Records Act. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Serrano/Rep. Latham – The amendment adds a provision to the bill requiring the postal service to deliver mail six days a week. The amendments adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Yoder – The amendment prohibits funding in the bill to require the disclosure of private email information by internet service providers without a criminal warrant. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Harris – The amendment prohibits the District of Columbia from using local funds for the decriminalization of marijuana. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 28-21. 

Rep. Yoder – The amendment would add language to the bill to alter the Dodd Frank law in order to protect safe swap activities under banks and their regulators, while allowing them to “push-out” riskier swap activities. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Harris – The amendment prohibits funding for abortions through OPM-negotiated “multi-state qualified health plans” offered under Obamacare. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-21.

For the text of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-113hr-sc-ap-fy2015-fservices-subcommitteedraft.pdf

For the bill report, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-113-hr-fy2015-fservices.pdf

 

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Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2014/06/20

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Full Committee Markup - FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2014/06/19

Purpose: FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2014/06/13

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

2014/06/13

Purpose: FY 2015 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2014/06/12

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; and Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2015

2014/06/06

To Consider: FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill; and Revised Report on the Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2015 Read More

Full Committee Mark Up - FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill

2014/06/05

Purpose: FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill Read More

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