Department Of Interior
|Office of the Secretary||
|For Immediate Release: November 10, 2003||
Secretary Norton Commends Rep. Barbara Cubin For Support of Interior's 2004 Budget
Secretary Gale Norton today commended Rep. Barbara Cubin for her vital support
of the Department of the Interior Appropriations Bill, which
President Bush signed into law today.
"Thanks to the support of Congresswoman Cubin and other representatives, the bill provides funding for major initiatives to improve national parks, build and restore Indian schools, improve forest and rangeland health, and suppress catastrophic wildland fires,"Secretary Norton said. "It also contains provisions to enhance traditional and renewable energy and to improve management of our wildlife refuges and other public lands."
The 2004 Interior budget provides $9.9 billion for the Department's programs and operations, which exceeds the 2003 level by $111.5 million, and funds important programs in Wyoming including energy-related activities, resource protection and recreational opportunities, and construction projects.
also provides funds for wildfire preparedness and suppression, and calls
Including a recent budget amendment of $99 million for fire, the President's budget request for discretionary appropriations for Department of the Interior programs in the Interior bill totaled $9.86 billion. The conference agreement is $58 million or 0.6 percent below the President's budget request.
Budget highlights include the following:
For the second year, Congress has provided increases for Secretary Norton's Cooperative Conservation Initiative. The total 2004 appropriation for CCI is $110.3 million. This is $18.9 million over 2003 and cumulatively $35.4 million over 2002. This includes an increase over 2003 of $4.8 million for the Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife program.
· Congress provides $297 million, slightly more than the requested level for BIA education construction. This investment supports the President's "No Child Left Behind" initiative and will allow us to replace school facilities at seven or more locations and address critical health and safety concerns at a number of other schools.
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