H.R. 5325: Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2013

H.R. 5325

Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act of 2013

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
June 1, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

This week, the House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act of 2013, under an open rule. The bill was introduced on May 2, 2012, by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and referred to the Committee on Appropriations. The bill is scheduled to be considered under an open rule (H. Res. 667) providing for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5325 would provide a total of $32.09 billion in non-emergency, discretionary budget authority for the agencies and programs funded through the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. Budget authority in the bill would be a reduction of $965 million or 3 percent below the spending level requested by the President for FY 2013 and $87 million or 0.3 percent above the FY 2012 funding level. H.R. 5325 would contribute to an overall level of discretionary budget authority of $1.028 trillion for FY 2013 as contained in H.Con.Res. 112, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013.

 

H.R. 5325 would provide $4.8 billion in funding for the Army Corps of Engineers, a reduction of $187 million below last year and $83 million above the President’s request. The Department of Energy would receive a total of $26.1 billion (including rescissions), and increase of $345 million above last year and $1.6 billion below the President’s request. The bill would also provide funding for the Bureau of Water Reclamation, nuclear energy and waste disposal, technology loans, uranium enrichment, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The following is a summary of the spending highlights and other provisions in the bill.

Energy and Water FY 2013 Appropriated Budget Authority 
(In thousands of dollars)

 

FY 2012

President Request

H.R. 5325

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

Change from FY 2012 %

Change from Request %

Total Budget Authority

32,010,000

33,062,455

32,097,500

87,500

-964,955

0.3%

-2.9%

 

TITLE I-Army Corps of Engineers

 

In total, H.R. 5325 would provide $4.81 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), a reduction of $187 million or 4 percent below FY 2012 and an increase of $83 million or 2 percent above the president’s request. 

Construction: H.R. 5325 would provide $1.4 billion for USACE construction, a reduction of $216 million below last year and an increase of $6 million above the President’s request.

Mississippi River and Tributaries: H.R. 5325 would provide $224 million for the planning, construction, and maintenance of projects to reduce flood damage in the lower Mississippi River valley. Mississippi River funding in the bill would represent a decrease of $28 million from last year and a decrease of $10 million from the President’s request.

Operations and Maintenance: H.R. 5325 would provide $2.5 billion for USACE operations and maintenance, an increase of $95 million above last year and $109 million above the president’s request. 

Flood Control: H.R. 5325 would provide $27 million for flood control and coastal emergencies, which is the same amount as last year.  Funding for flood control emergencies is $3 million below the President’s request.

 

TITLE II-Department of Interior

The bill would provide for the Department of Interior for water programs and projects funded through the Bureau of Reclamation.

Bureau of Reclamation: H.R. 5325 would provide $988 million for the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), a decrease of $89 million below last year and $46 million below the President’s request. Funding for the BOR is used by the Department of Interior to manage and develop water resources in western states.

 

TITLE III-Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: H.R. 5325 would provide $1.38 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, a reduction of $428 million or 24 percent from last year and a reduction of $886 million below the President’s request. Funds under this section provide for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, development, and deployment activities as well as federal energy assistance programs. 

Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability: H.R. 5325 would provide $123 million for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Research and Development programs, a reduction of $16 million from last year and a reduction of $20 million or 14 percent from the President’s request.

Nuclear Energy: H.R. 5325 would provide $765 million for nuclear energy programs, the same as last year and a reduction of $5 million below the President’s request. The funds provide money for nuclear energy research and development, fuel cycle research and development, and radiological facilities management.  According to the Appropriations Committee, funds from this account would be used “to further the next generation of safe, secure, and economically beneficial nuclear power options while ensuring the safety and longevity of our current plants.”

Fossil Energy Research: H.R. 5325 would provide $554 million for Fossil Energy Research, an increase of $207 million over last year and $133 million above the President’s request. According to the Appropriations Committee, funds from this account would be used “for research and development to advance coal, natural gas, oil, and other fossil energy technologies that provide more than 83% of the nation’s energy.”

Strategic Petroleum Reserve: H.R. 5325 would provide $195 million for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an increase of $3 million over last year and the same as the President’s request.

Uranium Enrichment and Decommissioning: H.R. 5325 would provide $425 million for Uranium Enrichment and Decommissioning Programs, a reduction of $46 million from last year and $17 million below the President’s request.

Yucca Mountain: According to the Appropriations Committee, “The bill continues Congressional efforts to roll back the Obama Administration’s politically motivated Yucca Mountain policy that runs contrary to the will of the Congress and the American people. In this vein, the bill provides $25 million to support Yucca Mountain activities to continue the viability of the program for the future.”

Science: H.R. 5325 would provide $4.8 billion for Department of Energy science programs, a reduction of $72 million last year and a reduction of $190 million below the President’s request. The funding provides for the Department of Energy’s programs for high energy physics, nuclear physics, biological and environmental research, basic energy sciences, advanced scientific computing, maintenance of the laboratories physical infrastructure, fusion energy sciences, safeguards and security, workforce development for teachers and scientists, and science program direction.

Advance Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans: H.R. 5325 would provide $200 million for Advance Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loans a reduction of $75 million last year and $150 million below the President’s request. The program was created by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to provide financing to automakers to “retool older plants and equipment to produce energy-efficient vehicles.” Under the bill, manufacturing facilities must be located in the U.S. and engineering integration must be performed in the U.S.

National Nuclear Security Administration: H.R. 5325 would provide $11.2 billion for the National Nuclear Security Administration, an increase of $275 million above last year and a reduction of $260 million below the President’s request. This account provides funding for the DOE’s nuclear security programs, including Weapons Activities, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Naval Reactors.

Defense Environmental Clean-Up: H.R. 5325 would provide $4.9 billion for Department of Defense (DoD) environmental clean-up, a reduction of $82 million below last year and a reduction of $88 million below the President’s request.

 

Title IV-independent agencies

Appalachian Regional Commission: H.R. 5325 would provide $75 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), an increase of $7 million over last year and $10 million above the President’s request.  The ARC was created in 1965 to give federal grants to certain geographic areas of the U.S.

Delta Regional Authority: H.R. 5325 would provide $11.6 million, the same as FY 2011, for the Delta Regional Authority, which uses federal funds to provide grants for projects in eight select states-Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

 

Energy and Water FY 2012 Appropriated Budget Authority 
(In Thousands of Dollars)

Program

FY 2012

President Request

H.R. 5325

Change from FY 2012

Change from Request

Change from FY 2012 %

Change from Request %

Army Corps of Engineers

Investigations

125,000

102,000

102,000

-23,000

0

-18.4%

0.0%

Construction

1,694,000

1,471,000

1,477,284

-216,716

6,284

-12.8%

0.4%

Mississippi River

252,000

234,000

224,000

-28,000

-10,000

-11.1%

-4.3%

Operations and Maintenance

2,412,000

2,398,000

2,507,409

95,409

109,409

4.0%

4.6%

Regulatory Program

193,000

205,000

190,000

-3,000

-15,000

-1.6%

-7.3%

Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program

109,000

104,000

104,000

-5,000

0

-4.6%

0.0%

Flood Control Emergencies

27,000

30,000

27,000

0

-3,000

 

-10.0%

Expenses

185,000

182,000

177,500

-7,500

-4,500

-4.1%

-2.5%

Office of Assistant Secretary of the Army

5,000

5,000

5,000

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Total

5,002,000

4,731,000

4,814,193

-187,807

83,193

-3.8%

1.8%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Interior

Central Utah Project Completion

28,704

0

21,000

-7,704

21,000

-26.8%

n/a

Bureau of Reclamation Water and Resources

895,000

818,635

833,635

-61,365

15,000

-6.9%

1.8%

Central Valley Project Restoration

53,068

39,883

39,883

-13,185

0

-24.8%

0.0%

California Bay-Delta Restoration

39,651

36,000

36,000

-3,651

0

-9.2%

0.0%

Policy and Administration

60,000

60,000

57,000

-3,000

-3,000

-5.0%

-5.0%

Total

1,076,423

1,034,018

987,518

-88,905

-46,500

-8.3%

-4.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

1,809,638

2,267,333

1,381,293

-428,345

-886,040

-23.7%

-39.1%

Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability

139,103

143,015

123,000

-16,103

-20,015

-11.6%

-14.0%

Nuclear Energy

765,391

770,445

765,391

0

-5,054

0.0%

-0.7%

Fossil Energy Research and Development

346,703

420,575

554,000

207,297

133,425

59.8%

31.7%

Naval Petroleum and Oil Shale Reserve

14,909

14,909

14,909

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Strategic Petroleum Reserve

192,704

195,609

195,609

2,905

0

1.5%

0.0%

Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve

-89,881

4,119

4,119

94,000

0

-104.6%

0.0%

Energy Information Administration

105,000

116,365

100,000

-5,000

-16,365

-4.8%

-14.1%

Non-Defense Environmental Clean-Up

235,306

198,506

198,506

-36,800

0

-15.6%

0.0%

Uranium Enrichment and Decommissioning

472,180

442,493

425,493

-46,687

-17,000

-9.9%

-3.8%

Science

4,873,634

4,992,052

4,801,431

-72,203

-190,621

-1.5%

-3.8%

Nuclear Waste Disposal

0

0

25,000

25,000

25,000

n/a

n/a

Advanced Research Projects Agency

275,000

350,000

200,000

-75,000

-150,000

-27.3%

-42.9%

Advance Tech Vehicle Manufacturing Loans

6,000

9,000

6,000

0

-3,000

0.0%

-33.3%

Departmental Administration

126,000

122,595

122,595

-3,405

0

-2.7%

0.0%

Office of the Inspector General

42,000

43,468

43,468

1,468

0

3.5%

0.0%

Total Energy Programs

8,813,687

9,815,064

8,976,394

162,707

-838,670

1.8%

-8.5%

National Nuclear Security Administration

11,000,000

11,535,886

11,275,000

275,000

-260,886

2.5%

-2.3%

Defense Environmental Clean-Up

5,002,950

5,009,001

4,920,078

-82,872

-88,923

-1.7%

-1.8%

Other Defense Activities

823,364

735,702

813,364

-10,000

77,662

-1.2%

10.6%

Southeastern Power Operation and Maintenance

11,892

11,892

11,892

0

0

0.0%

0.0%

Western Area Power Administration Construction

95,968

96,130

96,130

162

0

0.2%

0.0%

Total

25,748,081

27,666,895

26,093,078

344,997

-1,573,817

1.3%

-5.7%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title IV - Independent Agencies

Appalachian Regional Commission

68,263

64,850

75,317

7,054

10,467

10.3%

16.1%

Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

29,130

29,415

29,415

285

0

1.0%

0.0%

Delta Regional Authority

11,677

11,315

11,677

0

362

0.0%

3.2%

Denali Commission

10,679

10,165

10,679

0

514

0.0%

5.1%

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

128,600

128,470

128,130

-470

-340

-0.4%

-0.3%

Title IV Total

254,496

252,124

261,293

6,797

9,169

2.7%

3.6%

 

 

 

 

0

0

 

 

Bill Total

32,010,000

33,062,455

32,097,500

87,500

-964,955

0.3%

-2.9%

 

 

 

Cost

H.R. 5325 would provide a total of $32.097 billion in budget authority for agencies and programs funded through the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee.