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2017 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations: Bill Falls Short on Key Policies

April 25, 2016

The Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill fundd projects under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the interior’s Bureau of reclamation, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear regulatory Commission.

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The Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill  fundd projects under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the interior’s Bureau of reclamation, the Department of Energy, and the Nuclear regulatory Commission. The fiscal year (FY) 2017 Energy and Water appropriations bill provides $37.5 billion in discretionary budget authority, an increase of $355 million over the FY 2016 enacted level and $261 million above the president’s request, with much of this funding going toward programs with poor track records or missions that fall outside the legitimate scope of the federal government. The Heritage Foundation “Blueprint for Balance” recommended funding for Energy and Water to be $35.5 billion in 2017, about $2 billion less than the level proposed in this bill.

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Nicolas (Nick) Loris, an economist, focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at The Heritage Foundation as well as a policy advisor for The Heartland Institute.
nick.loris@heritage.org @@NiconomistLoris