The House Appropriations Committee reported the fiscal year 2006 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill on May 10, 2005. House floor action is expected to take place on May 19.

For all programs funded in the bill, the House Committee recommends $26.16 billion, $434.8 million or 1.7 percent above the President's budget request of $25.7 billion.

For Department of the Interior programs, the Committee bill provides $9.81 billion in regular 2006 appropriations. This is $26.6 million or 0.3 percent more than the President's budget and $55.5 million or 0.6 percent above the 2005 enacted level, excluding emergency fire and disaster supplementals.