Friday, July 16, 2010

Action on Fiscal Year 2011 Environmental and Conservation Spending Bills

On July 15, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee cut more than $500 million from agricultural conservation programs as part of the fiscal year agriculture spending bill marked up by the panel.  The bill would cut funding below levels set for 2011 in the farm bill by capping mandatory farm bill programs that offer assistance for farmers making environmental improvements and landowners restoring wetlands and grasslands.  Even with the cuts, the fiscal year 2011 bill would still provide more money than in fiscal year 2010.

Also yesterday, the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2011 spending bill that would cut $14 billion from the Administration's proposed budget, by cutting spending for the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill and keeping level the funding for many other agencies.  Even with the cuts, the 2011 bills would appropriate more for the Energy and Water, and Interior and Environment bills than in 2010.

In summary, the various Senate 2011 spending bills would provide the following:
Agriculture, $22.8 billion, a $30 million cut in the Administration's proposal, and slightly less than the Senate $23.5 billion 2010 allocation.
Commerce, Justice, Science, $60.1 billion, below both the Senate $64.8 billion 2010 allocation, and the 2011 $60.5 billion Administration budget proposal.
Energy & Water Development, $34.97 billion, an increase over fiscal year 2010's $33.8 billion, and slightly below the Administration's $35.3 billion proposal for 2011.
Interior and Environment, $32.3 billion, a slight increase above last year's $32.2 billion allocation.

See more information on these respective House and Senate Appropriations Committee web pages:

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