The House of Representatives passed the 2001 Interior and Related Agencies bill early in the morning of June 16. The vote on final passage was 204 to 172. The bill provides $7.4 billion for Department programs $1,030 million below the President's request.
During consideration of the bill, funding for Interior programs was increased by $112.5 million above the level provided by the Appropriations Committee. In additon $2 million more was appropriated to the Forest Service to be transferred to the National Park Service for acquisition of Cat Island, Mississippi.
The House voted to nullify a limitation provision limiting funding for management of newly designated national monuments.
The House also voted to nullify a limitation on completion of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Plan. However, it later voted to reinstate the limitation.
Other highlights of House action include the following:
The rule under which the bill was considered protected all provisions of the bill from points of order, with the exception of a provision requiring that the Secretary of the Interior concur in decisions of the Corp of Engineers concerning water for the Everglades ecosystem. During consideration of the bill, Mr. Hansen of Utah raised a point of order against the Everglades provision as legislation in an appropriations bill. The point of order was sustained. The House later adopted a Hinchey amendment eliminating funding for the Everglades Modified Water Delivery Project.
Details of action of Interior Department-related amendments follow: