The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee marked the Interior bill June 20 and the full committee completed action on the bill on June 22.
Overall, the Senate-version of the bill provides $7.7 billion for the Interior Department programs funded in the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, $344 million (5%) higher than the funding level provided by the House. The Senate mark is $283 million (4%) above the 2000 enacted level, but is $686 million (8%) below the 2001 request. The Senate Full Committee includes a rescission of travel funds in order to pay for providing $1.891 million more for Tribally Controlled Community Colleges; the impact of this rescission, totaling nearly $1.0 million for Interior, is not reflected in the numbers presented in the following.
The Senate provides funding for almost all bureau fixed costs, except for the Office of the Solicitor.
Lands Legacy. The Interior portion of the President's Lands Legacy Initiative receives only $189 million, or slightly more than one quarter of the total Interior request of $735 million in the Senate.
BIA. The BIA operations account is funded at 1.7 billion. This is $47 million above the House, but $90 million below the request.
Indian Trust Programs. The Senate funds the Office of the Special Trustee at the request of $82.6 million. The Senate funds the land consolidation account at $10.0 million, $5.0 million over the House mark and $2.5 million below the request. The Senate provides $10.5 million of the $35.1 million increase for BIA trust programs, $5 million less than the House.
Land Management Operations. Overall, the Senate provides almost $3 billion for land management operations for BLM, FWS and NPS, $178 million (6%) above the 2000 level, $36 million (1%) below the request:
Interior Construction Program: The Senate provides $618.2 million for Interior's construction program, $130 million (27%) above the 2000 enacted level, and $16.9 million (2.8%) above the 2001 request level.
Science Programs. The Senate provides $847.6 million for Interior science programs. While this is $47.8 million (5.3%) below the FY 2001 request, it is $34.2 million (4.2%) above the FY 2000 enacted level and $30.9 million above the level provided in the House. Within the total, the Senate provides $8.0 million above the 2000 enacted level for USGS science centers.
Alaska Subsistence. The Senate provides $12.6 million of the $12.9 million requested for Alaska subsistence.
OSM. The Senate funds OSM at $302.5 million, $10.8 million above the 2000 enacted and $6.7 million below the 2001 request. Regulation and Technology is funded at $100.8 million, with regulatory grants to states and Tribes increased by $3 million. AML activities are funded at $201.4million, including an increase of $2 million in available funds for the Appalachian Clean Streams Initiative. The mark includes an additional $1 million, to be matched by DOE, for the State of Kentucky to fund reforestation demonstration projects at AML sites.
MMS. The Senate funds MMS at $140.1 million, $23.8 million above 2000 enacted and $9.9 million above the request.