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This week, the House continues its examination of the fiscal year 2013 President’s budget request.

Tuesday:

US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
March 6 — 9:30am; B-308 Rayburn

US Geological Survey FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 6 — 1pm; B-308 Rayburn

US Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA FY13 budget hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
March 6 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Wednesday:

NOAA FY13 budget hearing
Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
March 7 — 2:30pm; 253 Russell

White House Council on Environmental Quality FY 13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
March 7 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

Agriculture conservation FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
March 7 — 10am; 2362-A Rayburn

US Army Corps of Engineers FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
March 7 — 2pm; 2362-B Rayburn

Thursday:

Department of Energy FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy & Power Subcommittee
March 8 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Friday:

Farm bill field hearing
House Agriculture Committee
March 9 — 9am; Saranac Lake, NY

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The US House of Representatives is scheduled this week to take up a bill (H.R. 1837) that could have broad implications for the Endangered Species Act and water law and management.

Monday:

Natural gas development and jobs field hearing
House Natural Resources — Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee
February 27 — 9am; Steubenville, Ohio

Tuesday:

Farm bill conservation hearing
Senate Agriculture Committee
February 28 — 10am; 216 Hart

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 28 — 10am; 366 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Environmental Protection Agency FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy and Power Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Development Subcommittee
February 28 — 2pm; 2359 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 9:30am; 124 Dirksen

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
February 29 — 10am; H-309 Capitol Building

EPA FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

Thursday:

Fish & Wildlife Service FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 1 — 9am; B-308 Rayburn

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UPDATE 12/16:  Late last night, House and Senate conferees signed off on a conference report for the “megabus” package of several FY12 spending bills.  Rather than moving forward with the package released by the House yesterday (and initially described below), both chambers will now consider and vote on the conference report (H.R. 2055) within the next 48 hours or so.  Content of the two versions is nearly identical–only the vehicle is different.  Explanatory information for the bills has also been released and additional details are now included below.

12/15:  Today, the House unveiled its “megabus” proposal (H.R. 3571) for fiscal year 2012 appropriations.  The large package of bills contains 9 pieces of spending legislation, including Energy & Water and Interior & Environment.  Some highlights are below, more will be added as it becomes available.

The current continuing resolution expires at midnight tomorrow — it is unclear if this package will be approved by both chambers of Congress by then, but votes are expected tomorrow, and “votes are possible this weekend and next week.”

Energy & Water:  Provides the US Army Corps of Engineers with $5 billion, $145 billion above FY11. (Explanation)

  • Operation & Maintenance: $2.412 billion
  • O&M Delaware River: Philadelphia to the sea, $20.989 million; Philadelphia to Trenton, $1.073 million
  • Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery: $4.9 million

Interior & Environment:  Provides the US Environmental Protection Agency with $8.4 billion, $233 million below FY11. (Explanation)

  • Chesapeake Bay Program:  $57.391 million; $2 million for small watershed grants
  • Chesapeake Bay Executive Order:  $1.5 million; directive for an analysis of endocrine disruptors
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund:  $1.469 billion; -$56 million FY11 (State by state breakdown)
  • National Estuary Program:  $27.058 million

Provides the Interior Department with $10.3 billion, $310 million below FY11.

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service:  $1.5 billion, -$28 million FY11
  • North American Wetlands Conservation Act:  $35.554 million, -$2 million FY11
  • Land & Water Conservation Fund:  $322 million (needs verification)

Most controversial policy riders that were included in early drafts of these appropriations bills have not been included in the final megabus.

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Following last week’s consideration of two regulatory reform bills, the House will this week address the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act,” or REINS Act, which would require Congressional scrutiny of federal regulation that cause an economic impact greater than $100 million.

Thursday:

Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network Reauthorization Act markup
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
December 8 — 9:30am; 406 Dirksen

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Tuesday:

National Wildlife Refuge and duck stamp hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs Subcommittee
October 25 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Wednesday:

Ocean policy oversight hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
October 26 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

“Supercommittee” discretionary spending hearing
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
October 26 — 10am; 216 Hart

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Last Friday, the Senate appropriations committee released its draft FY2012 Interior and Environment legislation — the only remaining bill out of 12 to be addressed.  The draft provides $8.620 billion (a $62 million cut from FY11) for the US Environmental Protection Agency and more than $10.275 billion (a $288 million cut) for the US Department of the Interior.

An accompanying table shows $1.47 billion allocated to the US Fish & Wildlife

Service and $1.063 billion for the US Geological Survey.  Clean Water State Revolving Funds would receive $1.5 billion and Section 106 grants wouldreceive nearly $239 million — both equivalent to FY11.

Chesapeake Bay restoration is allocated $60.4 million — $6 million above FY11.  Long Island Sound would receive less than $4 million.

Further committee action on the bill remains unclear.

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Monday:

Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill debate on the House floor begins today with a vote expected this week.  Amendments will be offered.

Tuesday:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries science hearing
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs — House Natural Resources Committee
July 26 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Thursday:

White Clay Creek Wild and Scenic Rivers designation markup (S. 970)
National Parks Subcommittee — Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
July 28 — 2:30pm; 366 Dirksen

DoE, Fish & Wildlife Service Nominees hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
July 28 — 10 am; 304/366 Dirksen

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