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Today, the President will release his federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 at 11:15am.  The proposal will outline a spending plan for all federal agencies–and will likely include a series of cuts to reduce the federal deficit.

Early reports indicate that the budget will include $31 million to continue deepening the Delaware River shipping channel.

Congress will likely spend time this week on the Transportation reauthorization package (H.R. 7).  Committees will hold several hearings to scrutinize elements of the Administration’s budget.

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
February 15 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

Federal agency reorganization hearing
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
February 15 — 9:30am; 2154 Rayburn

Thursday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee
February 16 — 1:30pm; 2359 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 16 — 9:30am; 366 Dirksen

Friday:

Chincoteague NWR conservation plan hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs Subcommittee
February 17 — 9:30am; 1324 Longworth

Agriculture department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
February 17 — 10am; 2362A Rayburn

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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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On November 1, Senators approved a package of three fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills, including the Transportation, Agriculture and Commerce, Justice, Science spending legislation.  The CJS bill includes funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at $5 billion, $434 million above the FY11 enacted level.

Today, the House approved a rule to consider the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act (H.R. 2838), which also contains the Commercial Vessel Discharges Reform Act (H.R. 2840).  The discharge bill would create a single nationwide standard for ballast-mediated invasive species.  The House has an in-district constituent work week next week, and will likely vote on the legislation upon returning from recess.

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee approved a regulatory reform bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 3010), that would require federal agencies to perform cost-benefit analyses on proposed rules and regulations, justify them, and then adopt the least costly alternative.

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Wednesday:

Clean water federalism bill (H.R. 2018markup
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
June 22 — 9:30am; 2167 Rayburn

Farm bill conservation program oversight hearing
House Agriculture Committee — Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy and Forestry
June 22 — 10am; 1300 Longworth

Thursday:

Algae bloom and hypoxia bill markup
House Science, Space and Technology Committee — Subcommittee on Energy & Environment
June 23 — 10am; 2318 Rayburn

Farm bill accountability hearing
Senate Agriculture Committee
June 23 — 9:30am; G50 Dirksen

Friday:

EPA nutrient policy oversight hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources Subcommittee
June 24 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

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This morning, the House Appropriations Committee released the first details of the budget deal to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 (through September).  This final, long-term continuing resolution makes nearly $40 billion in cuts to federal spending compared to FY10 levels.

Specific details are still forthcoming, but the cuts table indicates that “geographic programs” including the Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, etc, will be cut by $191 million.  The bill text specifically provides $300 million to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  US Geological Survey will see a $26 million cut, and the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will be trimmed by $118 million (with $80 million from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program).

The US Army Corps of Engineers budget will be funded at the Administration’s FY12 request level — $4.9 billion.  A summary indicates that Interior “Funding levels for operational accounts bill-wide are largely sustained to prevent layoffs and the closure of national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, Smithsonian museums and other sites.”  However, US Fish & Wildlife Service will be cut by $141 million.  The summary further states that the CR “also prohibits funding for: the establishment of a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; [and] the approval of new fisheries catch-share programs in certain fisheries…”  The NOAA budget will be cut by $142 million in total.

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Tuesday:

Implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
March 8 — 10:30am; 253 Russell

Interior FY12 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 8 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

US Army Corps of Engineers FY12 budget hearing
Natural Resources Conservation Service budget hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
March 8 — 2pm; 2167 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior FY12 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee
March 9 — 3pm; 124 Dirksen

US Army Corps of Engineers FY12 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Subcommittee
March 9 — 10am; 2362-B Rayburn

US Geological Survey FY12 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
March 9 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Thursday:

EPA FY12 budget hearing
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FY12 budget hearing
House Science, Space and Technology Committee
March 10 — 10am; 2318 Rayburn

EPA and agriculture hearing
House Agriculture Committee
March 10 — 2pm;  1300 Longworth

Friday:

EPA FY12 budget hearing
House Energy and Commerce Committee — Subcommittee on Environment and Economy
March 11 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

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Tuesday:

USDA Budget Hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
March 1 — 10am ; 2362-A Rayburn

Major Management Challenges at the Department of the Interior
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 1 —  9:30am;  B-308 Rayburn

Wednesday:

USDA Budget Hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
March 2 — 10am; 2362-A Rayburn

Major Management Challenges at the Environmental Protection Agency
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 2 —  9:30am; B-308 Rayburn

Fish & Wildlife Service Budget Hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, Insular Affairs Subcommittee
March 2 — 10am; 1334 Longworth

Interior Budget Hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
March 2 — 1oam; Dirksen 366

EPA Budget Hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
March 2 — 2:30pm; Dirksen 406

Thursday:

EPA Budget Hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 3 — 9:30am; Rayburn 2359

Interior Budget Hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
March 3 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

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