Federal Relations

May 14, 2019

Bill Texts Released

In preparation for the markups scheduled for tomorrow, the texts of the House Energy and Water Development, Interior, and Defense spending bills have been released by the Appropriations Committee.

While most details in the bills will not become public until the accompanying reports are released, some highlights are now available.

Energy and Water

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – The bill provides $2.65 billion, an increase of $273 million above the fiscal year 2019 level and $2.3 billion above the request.
  • Science – The bill provides $6.87 billion, an increase of $285 million above the fiscal year 2019 level and $1.3 billion above the request.
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy – The bill provides $425 million, an increase of $59 million above the fiscal year 2019 level and rejects the budget proposal to eliminate the program.

The full text of the bill is here.

Interior

The bill would provide $3.41 billion for EPA’s core science and environmental program work, an increase of $105 million above the 2019 enacted level and $1.03 billion above the President’s budget request. Within these amounts, the bill includes:

  • $476 million for Geographic Programs which represents an increase of $19 million above the 2019 enacted level and $438 million above the President’s budget request.

The bill would also provide $167.5 million each for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which is $12.5 million more than the 2019 enacted levels and rejects the President’s budget request proposal to eliminate both agencies.

The full text of the bill is here.

Defense

The bill would provide $100.7 billion for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation.  This represents an increase of $5.7 billion above the current level and $1.9 billion below the request.

The bill also includes $920 million for the Congressionally directed medical research program.

The full text of the defense bill is here.

All three of these bills are scheduled to be marked up tomorrow at the subcommittee level.  Detailed reports accompanying the bills will not be available until just before the full committee markup of the bills.