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House and Senate pass FY2010 bill funding the Department of the Interior, EPA and related agencies

November 1, 2009

 

On Tuesday, October 27, the House and Senate conferees adopted and reported out the
conference agreement on the 2010 Interior appropriations bill. The House plans to have the bill on the House floor on Thursday. The bill includes a continuing resolution for the rest of the government agencies that do not have enacted appropriations bills. It continues government operations through mid-December.

The Interior bill is $32.2 billion, a decrease of $85.2 million below the budget and $4.7 billion
above 2009.

The overall level for Interior is $11 billion. This is $13 million below the budget request and an
increase of $844 million or 8.3 percent over the 2009 level.

We have partial results including:

Climate change: The conference includes $93 million in increases in BLM, FWS, NPS, USGS
and BIA for climate change programs. This includes
• $15 million to expand science capacity, including $5 million to USGS to expand the
Climate Effects Network;
• $31 million for land management bureaus to develop adaptation strategies to address
climate change;
• $34 million to monitor and assess climate change impacts on public lands;
• $7 million to USGS for carbon sequestration research; and
• $6 million for BIA.

Renewables: The conference includes the requested increase of $50.1 million for renewable
energy activities, $5 million for the MMS five year program, and $8.4 million for audit and
compliance

Youth programs: The conference includes $20.5 million for youth programs - does not include
the $30 million for hunting and fishing proposal.

Land Acquisition – line item projects only:
 BLM – The conference funds $24.7 million, an increase of $3 million over the budget and
$13.2 million over 2009.
 FWS – The conference funds $66.8 million, an increase of $21.3 million over the budget and
$38.5 million above 2009
 NPS – The conference funds $68.8 million, an increase of $19.2 million over the request and
$37.8 million above 2009

Construction:
 BLM – The conference funds $8.6 million, an increase of $2 million above the request and
2009.
 FWS – The conference funds $37.4 million, an increase of $7.6 million above the budget and
$1.9 million above 2009
 NPS – The conference funds $233 million, an increase of $27 million above the request and
essentially level with 2009.
BLM
 Conference provides $1.1 billion, a decrease of $10 million from the budget and an increase
of $100 million over 2009. This reflects a reduction of $21 million from the oil and gas
program that is funded from a mandatory revenue source.

 Wild Horse and Burro: The conference splits the difference between House and Senate on
wild horse and burro at $64 million, an increase of $23 million, $3.5 million below the budget
request.

 National Landscape Conservation System: The conference adds $3.1 million over the budget
for the system, a total of $31.3 million.

 Geothermal: The conference adopted a budget proposal to repeal Energy Policy Act for
payments to counties and payments to BLM for the geothermal program, a reduction of $15
million.
MMS
 Conference provides $137 million, a decrease of $44 million from the budget and an increase
of $20 million from 2009 enacted.
 The Senate included an offset of $45 million for net receipts sharing – thus we will be
reducing State mineral payments for administrative costs.
FWS
 Conference provides $1.6 billion, an increase of $9 million from the budget and a increase of
$206 million over 2009.

 FWS Refuge Operations: The conference includes an increase of $20 million above the
request and $39.1 million above 2009.

 Endangered species: The conference includes $179.5 million for endangered species, $15.3
million above the budget and $21.5 million above 2009.

 Fisheries: The conference includes $148.3 million, an increase of $7.7 million above the
budget and $16.5 million above 2009.
NPS
 Conference provides $2.7 billion, an increase of $47 million from the budget and a increase
of $218 million over 2009.

 Park Operations: The conference funds park operations at $130 million over 2009 and $4.5
million below the budget request.

 Park Partnerships: The conference funds park partnerships at $15 million for park of which
$10 million is from recreation fees

 NPS State Grants: The conference funds state grants at $40 million, an increase of $10
million over the budget and $20 million over 2009.

 Historic Preservation: The conference funds $79.5 million for historic preservation
programs. This includes $25 million for Save America’s Treasures, an increase of $5 million
above the budget.

USGS
 USGS is funded at $1.1 billion, an increase of $13.9 million above the budget and $67.9
million above 2009.
 The conference includes additions for civil applications, continental shelf studies, renewable
energy research, volcanoes and seismic programs, streamgages, water studies, arctic (polar
bear) research, cooperative research units.
BIA
 Conference provides $2.6 billion, an increase of $82 million from the budget and a increase
of $243 million over 2009.

Law Enforcement: The conference includes $30 million requested for BIA law enforcement
and adds $50 million for law enforcement operations and law enforcement related
construction

BIE Education: The conference includes increases of $72 million for BIA education and
includes an additional $3.1 million over the request for student transportation and post
secondary schools.

Contract Support: The conference provides $166 million for contract support, an increase of
$13.2 million above the budget and $18.7 million above 2009.

Rights Protection: The conference provides $30.5 million, an increase of $12 million above
the budget and $12.2 million above 2009.
Fire
 The conference funds the Fire account at $856 million, a reduction of $119 million from the
budget. The conference assumes that $125 million in carryover is available to fund the
account in 2010.
 The conference agreement includes the Flame Fund – a new contingency fund that would be
available to transfer funds to the fire account as needed for large fires and when costs exceed
budgets. The conference includes $61 million for the Flame Fund.


 

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