On Thursday, June 7, the House Appropriations Committee reported out the Interior bill after adopting eight amendments, five of which relate to Interior.
There were no changes to the funding in the bill made in Committee markup. For the Department of the Interior the bill provides $10.167 billion. Compared to the 2008 President's budget request of $9.713 billion, this is an increase of $454 million or 4.5 percent. Compared to the 2007 enacted level of $9.905 billion, this is an increase of $262 million.
The amendments that were adopted by the Committee include the following (they are attached)
An amendment offered by Congressman Peterson to allow gas only leasing in the OCS in areas more than 25 miles from the coast was defeated by a vote of 39 to 25. Congressman Peterson offered, discussed and withdrew his amendment to allow OCS leasing in areas more than 100 miles from the coast.
Other Amendments offered to the 2008 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill (PDF Format)
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, 2008 House of Representatives Report 110-187 (PDF Format) - Full version Report 110-187.pdf PDF Format)