CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2288, on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 2288 was introduced on May 6, 2009, by Rep. John Salazar (D-CO) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, by voice vote, on December 16, 2009.
H.R. 2288 would reauthorize the appropriation of "such sums as are necessary" to continue the implementation of the endangered fish recovery programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins from 2012 through 2023. Under current law (P.L. 106-392), the appropriation is set to expire on September 30, 2011.
In 2000, Congress passed H.R. 2348 to authorize funding for endangered fish recovery programs in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins. The bill authorized the Bureau of Reclamation to use receipts collected by the Western Area Power Administration to provide base funding for the for the recovery programs. On March 11, 2009, the House passed S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 by a vote of 282-144. The legislation authorized an additional $227 million implementing the endangered fish recovery programs for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Basins up to year 2023. However, the bill did not authorize additional spending for "base funding."
The underlying legislation authorizes such sums as may be necessary for additional funding for the project. CBO has estimated that the legislation will increase spending by $3 million a year between FY 2012 and 2015. However, CBO does not give a precise estimate for the cost between FY 2016 and FY 2023, saying only that the cost will range between $3 million and $4 million annually over that period. Therefore, according to CBO's estimate the legislation would cost a total of $48 million between FY 2012 and FY 2023. Some Members may be concerned that this legislation would authorize funding under this program for eleven years without a thorough CBO analysis of spending in the later years.
According to CBO, H.R. 2288 would cost $12 million over the FY 2010-2015 period. In addition, CBO estimates that the bill would cost "$3 million to $4 million a year for 2016 through 2023."