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House Appropriation Committee Approves 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill



Summary of House Committee Markup of the 2008 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill

On June 6, 2007, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2008 Energy and Water Development Bill. The bill provides:

$1.03 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, $72 million above the 2008 President's budget and $5 million over the 2007 enacted level (the comparison excludes 2007 drought supplemental funding)

This includes $871.2 million for Water and related resources, $55 million above the President's budget and $10.6 million above the 2007 level (excluding the $18 million provided in 2007 supplemental funding for drought assistance).

The House provides $59.1 million for Central Valley project restoration fund, the same as the President's budget and $7 million above the 2007 level.

The House provides $40.8 million for California Bay-Delta Restoration, $9 million more than the President's budget and $4.1 million above the 2007 level. This includes $5 million for transfer to the Corps of Engineers for delta levees and $5 million for water use efficiency efforts.

For Policy and Administration, the House provides $58.8 million, the same as the President's budget and $1.2 million above the 2007 level.

The House did not include the President's budget proposal to fund $8 million for the San Joaquin River Restoration Fund from the CVP.

The Subcommittee did report that it did not fund the $11 million requested for Water 2025 due to a lack of authorization.

The House funded the Central Utah Project Completion Act at $43 million, equal to the President's budget and nearly $9 million above the 2007 level.