Tuesday, November 08, 2005

CONFEREES APPROVE FY 2006 ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT APPROPRIATIONS

November 7th, 2005 - -
FUNDING LEVELS:
The Conference Report provides a total of $30.5 billion in budget authority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Civil, the Department of Interior including the Bureau of Reclamation, the Department of Energy, and several Independent Agencies. This bill is $1 billion below the Senate passed level and 2% or $749 million above last year’s level.
CORPS OF ENGINEERS:
The conference report supports a vigorous Civil Works program while focusing limited resources on completing high priority projects. The recommendation of $5.4 billion, roughly equal to last year’s level when adjusted for emergency supplementals. The bill includes a number of significant changes to improve project execution and financial management, including more responsible use of reprogrammings, continuing contracts, and implementation of long-term financial planning.
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION:
The conference report provides funding necessary to maintain, operate, and rehabilitate Bureau projects throughout the western United States and protect the considerable Federal investment in western water infrastructure. Funding for the Bureau of Reclamation is $1.1 billion, $40 million above last year’s level and $24 million below the Senate passed level.
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY:
The recommendation of $24.3 billion for the Department of Energy is $129 million below FY05 and $787 million below the Senate passed level.

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