Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Legislation will fund critical infrastructure projects, national security efforts, and help combat rising energy costs.

U.S._House_SealWASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in the Energy and Water Subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy (DOE) and other related agencies, and totals $32.1 billion – a cut of $965 million below the President’s budget request.

Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said that while the bill makes responsible choices to cut spending where appropriate, it continues critical investments to address some of the nation’s most pressing national concerns – nuclear security, American economic competitiveness, functional and sufficient water and power infrastructure, and the rising price of gasoline.

A summary of the subcommittee draft of the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations bill follows:

Department of Energy (DOE) – Funding for DOE within the legislation totals $26.3 billion – a cut of $365 million below last year’s level and $1.8 billion below the President’s request. Within this funding, priority was given to programs that support economic competitiveness, reduce the volatility of gasoline prices, and strengthen the nation’s security.

  • Nuclear Security – The bill provides a total of $11.3 billion for DOE’s nuclear security programs, including Weapons Activities, Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Naval Reactors. This is a $275 million increase from last year.

This critical national defense funding will maintain the safety and readiness of the nation’s nuclear stockpile – including full funding of the President’s $7.6 billion request to modernize the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and its supporting infrastructure. Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation is funded at $2.3 billion, $41 million less than fiscal year 2012. The bill also provides $1.1 billion for Naval Nuclear Reactors.

  • Energy Programs – The bill provides funding to help support economic development and promote the nation’s energy independence. The bill includes $554 million – $207 million above last year’s level – 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. The bill also includes $765 million for nuclear energy research, development, and demonstration activities to further the next generation of safe, secure, and economically beneficial nuclear power options while ensuring the safety and longevity of our current plants. The bill includes $200 million to support the activities of the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy.
  • Science Research – The bill includes $4.8 billion for science research. This funding will help strengthen innovation and help spur future economic growth through the development of high performance computing systems, basic scientific exploration, and research into the next generation of clean energy sources. Within this amount, the bill restores many of the cuts to the fusion energy program proposed by the President. This basic research will lay the groundwork for more efficient and practical domestic energy solutions in the future to help reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and help promote future growth in American businesses and industries.
  • Environmental Management – Included in the legislation is $5.5 billion for environmental management activities, $166 million below last year’s level and $106 million below the request. This includes $5 billion for Defense Environmental Cleanup to safely clean-up sites contaminated by previous nuclear weapons production.

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Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations
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