Summary: Senate Floor Action on the FY 2002 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

July 12, 2001

The Senate, on the afternoon of July 12th 2001, passed the 2002 Interior Bill by voice vote.

Before passing the bill, the Senate considered the following amendments:

Sen. Durbin. Prohibit use of funds for preleasing, leasing or other related activity within the boundaries of any national monument in effect on January 20th, 2001, except as allowed under the Presidential proclamation establishing the monument. Adopted by a voice vote after a motion to table failed by a vote of 42 to 47.

Sen. Nelson of Florida. Prohibit use of funds to execute a final lease agreement for oil and gas in the Sale 181 area of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Tabled by a vote of 67 to 33.

Sen. Smith of Oregon. Prohibit use of funds to implement the current biological opinion for the Klamath Project until specified conditions are met. Tabled by a vote of 52 to 48.

Sen. McCain. Delete $2 million provided in the NPS National Recreation and Preservation Account for restoration of the Vulcan steel monument in Birmingham, Alabama. Defeated a by a vote of 12 to 87.

The Senate also adopted a managers package of amendments. Details of this package are not yet available.