H.R. 2584: Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012

H.R. 2584

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012

Date
July 26, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Monday, July 25, 2011, the House began consideration of H.R. 2584, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012, subject to a rule (H.Res. 363).  The bill was introduced on July 19, 2011, by Rep. Michael Simpson (R-ID) and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.  The rule for consideration provided for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.  The rule provides for consideration of any amendment offered that complies with the House rules.  Under the rule, amendments will be considered following general debate pursuant to the five-minute rule.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2584 would provide a total of $27.46 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill.  Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of approximately $2.1 billion or 7.1 percent below the spending level for FY 2011 and $3.8 billion or 12.2 percent below the president’s request.  The bill would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.019 trillion for FY 2012, a reduction of $30.3 billion below FY 2011.  H.R. 2584 would provide funding for a number of agencies, including the Department of Interior (DOI), the EPA, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Indian Health Service, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Smithsonian.  The following is a summary of the spending highlights and other provisions in the bill.

Interior and Environment FY 2012 Appropriated Budget Authority 
(In thousands of dollars) 

Program

FY 2011

President Request

H.R. 2584

Change from FY 2011

Change from Request

Change from FY 2011 %

Change from Request %

Bill Total

29,559,000

31,289,290

27,465,000

-2,094,000

-3,824,290

-7.1%

-12.2%

 

TITLE I-DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management:  H.R. 2584 would provide $1.02 billion for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is a reduction of $64.2 million or 5.9 percent below FY 2011 and $60.6 million below the president’s request.  The BLM oversees approximately 245 million acres of federal land and an additional 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights.  Surface lands under direct Bureau management make up about 13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government, making the Bureau the nation's largest single land manager.  In addition, the Bureau has trust responsibilities on 56 million acres of Indian trust lands for mineral operations and cadastral surveys.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife:  H.R. 2584 would provide $1.19 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which is $310 million or 20 percent below FY 2011 and $502 million or 29 percent below the president’s request.  FWS manages approximately 150 million acres of specially restricted federal land in the National Wildlife Refuge System tasked with conserving fish and wildlife.

National Park Service:  H.R. 2584 would provide $2.47 billion for the National Park Service (NPS), which is $131 million or 5 percent below FY 2011 and $412 million or 14 percent below the president’s request.  According to CRS, NPS faces an estimated $10 billion maintenance backlog on the property the agency currently controls.  The bill also provides $18 million for new land acquisition.

U.S. Geological Survey:  H.R. 2584 would provide $1.105 billion for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which is $30 million or 3 percent below FY 2011 and $64 million or 6 percent less than the president’s request.  USGS gathers information to provide scientific classifications of public lands and mineral resources.

Bureau of Indian Affairs:  H.R. 2584 would provide $2.53 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), which is $64 million or 2 percent below FY 2011 and $29 million or 1 percent above the president’s request.   The BIA provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to more than 550 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.7 million American Indians.  Funding is provided for, among other things, administration, construction, salaries, additional field employees.

TITLE II-ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

H.R. 2584 would provide a total of $7.15 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is a reduction of $1.5 billion or 17 percent from FY 2011 and $1.82 billion or 20 percent below the president’s request.  According to the Committee on Appropriations, climate change funding in this bill is reduced by $83 million, or 22 percent. The reduction comes as a result of a recent GAO report which found, “Without further improvement in how federal climate change funding is defined and reported, strategic priorities are set, and funding is aligned with priorities, it will be difficult for the public and Congress to fully understand how climate change funds are accounted for and how they are spent.”  A brief summary of other major EPA funding provisions follows.  

Science and Technology:  H.R. 2584 would provide $754 million for EPA science and technology programs, which is $58 million or 7 percent below FY 2011 and $70 million or 8 percent below the president’s request.

Environmental Programs and Management:  H.R. 2584 would provide $2.49 billion for the EPA's Environmental Programs and Management account, which is $258 million or 9 percent below FY 2011 and $378 million or 13 percent below the president’s request.  The Environmental Programs and Management account encompasses a broad range of abatement, prevention, enforcement, and compliance activities, and personnel compensation, benefits, travel, and expenses for all programs of the Agency except Science and Technology, Hazardous Substance Superfund, Leaking Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund, Inland Oil Spill Programs, and the Office of Inspector General.

Hazardous Substance Superfund:  H.R. 2584 would provide $1.22 billion for the Hazardous Substance Superfund, which is $56 million or 4 percent below FY 2011 and $12 million or 1 percent below the president’s request.

State and Tribal Grant Assistance:  H.R. 2584 would provide $1.6 billion for EPA’s State and Tribal grant program, which is $1.04 billion below FY 2011 and $1.05 billion or 39 percent below the president’s request.   In the STAG account, EPA provides funding for infrastructure projects through two State Revolving Funds (Clean Water and Drinking Water), geographic specific projects in Alaskan Native Villages and on the United States-Mexico Border, Brownfield revitalization projects, diesel emission reduction grants and other targeted infrastructure projects.

TITLE III-RELATED AGENCIES

U.S. Forest Service:  H.R. 2584 would provide $4.03 billion for the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service, which is $172 million or 4 percent below FY 2011 and $420 million or 8 percent below the president’s request.  The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of National Forests, Grasslands, and a Tallgrass Prairie, including lands in 44 States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and cooperates with States, other Federal agencies, Tribes and private landowners to sustain the Nation’s forests and grasslands.

Indian Health Service:  H.R. 2584 would provide $4.053 billion for Indian Health Services, which is $369 million or 10 percent above FY 2011 and $131 million or 3 percent below the president’s request.  The program provides health and dental services to American Indians.

Smithsonian:  H.R. 2584 would provide $751 million for the Smithsonian Institute, which is $8 million or 1 percent below FY 2011 and $109 million or 12 percent below the president’s request.  The funding includes $124 million for facilities capital and $626 million for salaries and expenses.

National Endowment for the Arts:  H.R. 2584 would provide $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which provides funding for private, for-profit arts programs.  The funding represents an reduction of $19.7 million or 13 percent below FY 2011 and a reduction of $11.2 million or 8 percent below the president’s request.  The bill provides the same level of funding for the National Endowment for Humanities, which makes taxpayer funded grants to support research, education, and public programs in the humanities.

H.R. 2584 Discretionary Budget Authority 
(In Thousands) 

Program

FY 2011

President Request

H.R. 2584

Change from FY 2011

Change from Request

Change from FY 2011 %

Change from Request %

Department of Interior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bureau of Land Management

1,088,686

1,085,094

1,024,422

-64,264

-60,672

-5.9%

-5.6%

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

1,503,238

1,694,705

1,192,615

-310,623

-502,090

-20.7%

-29.6%

National Park Service

2,611,142

2,891,565

2,479,430

-131,712

-412,135

-5.0%

-14.3%

United States Geological Survey

1,083,672

1,117,854

1,053,552

-30,120

-64,302

-2.8%

-5.8%

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

225,743

136,188

153,528

-72,215

17,340

-32.0%

12.7%

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

162,543

145,912

150,493

-12,050

4,581

-7.4%

3.1%

Bureau of Indian Affairs

2,594,012

2,500,653

2,529,651

-64,361

28,998

-2.5%

1.2%

Departmental Offices

466,484

613,387

574,054

107,570

-39,333

23.1%

-6.4%

Department-wide Programs

881,190

911,052

739,003

-142,187

-172,049

-16.1%

-18.9%

Total Department of Interior

10,574,710

11,054,410

9,854,748

-719,962

-1,199,662

-6.8%

-10.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science and Technology

813,480

825,596

754,611

-58,869

-70,985

-7.2%

-8.6%

Environmental Programs and Management

2,756,470

2,876,634

2,498,433

-258,037

-378,201

-9.4%

-13.1%

Office of Inspector General

44,701

45,997

41,099

-3,602

-4,898

-8.1%

-10.6%

Buildings and Facilities

36,428

41,969

36,428

0

-5,541

0.0%

-13.2%

Hazardous Substance Superfund

1,280,908

1,236,231

1,224,295

-56,613

-11,936

-4.4%

-1.0%

Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program

112,875

112,481

105,669

-7,206

-6,812

-6.4%

-6.1%

Oil Spill Response

18,342

23,662

18,274

-68

-5,388

-0.4%

-22.8%

State and Tribal Assistance Grants

2,654,680

2,659,041

1,608,000

-1,046,680

-1,051,041

-39.4%

-39.5%

Categorical Grants

1,104,233

1,201,389

1,002,393

-101,840

-198,996

-9.2%

-16.6%

Total Environmental Protection Agency

8,682,117

8,973,000

7,149,202

-1,532,915

-1,823,798

-17.7%

-20.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Agencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USDA Forest Service

4,685,044

4,933,245

4,512,947

-172,097

-420,298

-3.7%

-8.5%

Indian Health Service, DHHS

3,665,273

4,166,139

4,034,322

369,049

-131,817

10.1%

-3.2%

Council on Environmental Quality

3,153

3,444

2,661

-492

-783

-15.6%

-22.7%

Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

10,777

11,147

10,000

-777

-1,147

-7.2%

-10.3%

Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation

7,984

9,570

7,530

-454

-2,040

-5.7%

-21.3%

Institute of American Indian Culture

8,283

9,225

7,900

-383

-1,325

-4.6%

-14.4%

Smithsonian Institution (including facilities)

759,639

861,530

751,721

-7,918

-109,809

-1.0%

-12.7%

National Gallery of Art

158,650

138,000

126,123

-32,527

-11,877

-20.5%

-8.6%

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

36,347

36,850

36,105

-242

-745

-0.7%

-2.0%

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

11,203

11,005

10,000

-1,203

-1,005

-10.7%

-9.1%

National Endowment for the Arts

154,690

146,255

135,000

-19,690

-11,255

-12.7%

-7.7%

National Endowment for the Humanities

154,690

146,255

135,000

-19,690

-11,255

-12.7%

-7.7%

Commission of Fine Arts

2,289

2,400

2,234

-55

-166

-2.4%

-6.9%

National Capital Arts Cultural Affairs

2,994

0

0

-2,994

0

-100.0%

0.0%

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

5,896

6,108

5,498

-398

-610

-6.8%

-10.0%

National Capital Planning Commission

8,490

8,154

8,133

-357

-21

-4.2%

-0.3%

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

49,024

52,694

50,524

1,500

-2,170

3.1%

-4.1%

Presidio Trust

14,970

12,000

12,000

-2,970

0

-19.8%

0.0%

Total Related Agencies

10,299,035

11,258,880

10,458,050

159,015

-800,830

1.5%

-7.1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

29,559,000

31,289,290

27,465,000

-2,094,000

-3,824,290

-7.1%

-12.2%

Cost

According to CBO, H.R. 2584 would provide a total of $27.465 billion in discretionary budget authority for agencies and programs funded through the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2012 in FY 2012.