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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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Tuesday:

Surface water control and construction regulatory hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Water & Power Subcommittee
February 7 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

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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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Yesterday, the House and Senate both approved the final minibus package (H.R. 2112) of Agriculture, Transportation, and Commerce-Justice-Science bills.  The bill includes a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 16.

The Senate suspended consideration of the Energy & Water Development appropriations legislation while other measures were brought to the floor, including the aforementioned minibus.  Consideration is likely to resume following the Thanksgiving recess.

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This week, House and Senate conferees completed consideration of the first “minibus” package of appropriations bills (H.R. 2112), which includes funding for the Commerce, Agriculture and Transportation departments.  The House is set to vote on the final package later this week, perhaps tomorrow, and the Senate will follow thereafter.  The bill includes a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at current fiscal year 2011 levels through December 16.  Report language can be found on the House Rules Committee website.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive nearly $5 billion.  Agency funding increases are directed primarily at climate and weather satellites (page 12 of the report).
  • The agriculture department’s Wetlands Reserve Program would be capped at 185,800 acres and the Open Fields program would be eliminated.  The bill also provides $5,000,000 for the Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (page 75 of the report).

Meanwhile, the Senate is struggling with another minibus, and was unable to include the Energy and Water Development spending bill in that package.  The Senate began solo consideration of the EWD bill (H.R. 2354) yesterday and continues today.

It is unclear exactly how many minibuses there will ultimately be–and how the Interior and Environment bill fits into the current scenario.

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The Senate will continue its consideration of fiscal year 2012 appropriations as it brings a “minibus” of three spending bills to the floor:  Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State and Foreign Operations.  Some reports suggest that an amendment will be offered to the minibus (specifically, the Energy & Water bill, H.R. 2354) to prevent the US Army Corps of Engineers from revising its Clean Water Act guidance.

The previous minibus, which included the Agriculture and Commerce-Justice-Science bills, is currently being conferenced.

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that is set to expire this Friday, November 18.  All unfinished appropriations will require another CR.

Also this week, the House will likely consider a Coast Guard reauthorization bill (H.R. 2838) that carries provisions for the regulation of invasive species in ballast water.

Monday:

Marcellus Shale field hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
November 14 — 10am; Charleston, West Virginia

Wednesday:

Hydraulic fracturing and regulatory approaches hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources Subcommittee
November 16 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Thursday:

EPA science in rulemaking hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
November 17 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Public lands bills markup
House Natural Resources Committee
November 17 — 10am; 1324 Longworth
Includes:

  • National Wildlife Refuge System stamp bill (H.R. 2236)
  • Electronic duck stamp bill (H.R. 3117)

The House is not in session next week.  The Senate has not yet determined if it will recess next week as well.

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Following closely on the heels of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of its study plan for hydraulic fracturing in natural gas development, today the Delaware River Basin Commission revealed its proposed final regulation for fracking within its jurisdiction.

The rules focus on water withdrawal, use and management, and according to the DRBC website, “The Commission will rely on the oil and gas program of the state in which a natural gas well is located to regulate the construction and operation activities of the natural gas well and well pad for which separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication.”

The public comment period is closed and the final rule will be voted on by the commissioners on November 21.

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