Source: E&E News | Manuel Quiñones |September 9, 2019

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold several spending bill markups this week. Wikipedia (money); Ed Uthman/Flickr (Capitol)

The Senate Appropriations Committee will unveil its first fiscal 2020 spending bills of the year this week, including the measure to fund the Department of Energy and water projects.

The committee appears poised to forgo a subcommittee markup on the measure and take up the bill during a full committee vote Thursday.

The same may go for the State and Foreign Operations proposal, which funds international energy and environmental programs.

Before the August recess, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the Senate’s top energy and water appropriator, wouldn’t say whether his bill would include money for the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository (E&E Daily, Aug. 2).

Also of note will be how far the Republican-controlled Senate will go in boosting spending on clean energy research and development, especially with the GOP seeing technology as a main solution to climate change.

The House Energy-Water bill includes significant increases for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (E&E Daily, June 4).

Senate appropriators are also set to release their Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services-Education bill during a markup tomorrow.

Observers are keen on seeing whether the Senate’s Pentagon funding measure, like the House’s, includes provisions that address climate change and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The Labor-HHS-Education bill contains funding for the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Schedule: The Defense markup is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m. in 192 Dirksen.

Schedule: The Labor-HHS-Education markup is Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11:30 a.m. in 192 Dirksen.

Schedule: The full committee markup is Thursday, Sept. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in 106 Dirksen.