First Information on FY 2012 Senate Appropriations Bill for the Department of Energy

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Publication date: 
7 September 2011
Number: 
107

Yesterday  the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, chaired by  Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), approved its version of the FY 2012 bill funding the  Department of Energy. 

The  subcommittee has released only a summary of the bill’s funding levels.  More detail will be included in a report from  the Senate Appropriations Committee after it approves the $31.625 billion bill.  In describing this legislation, the release  states: “The bill provides critical investments that will help develop clean  and alternative energy sources, and protect the nation from nuclear terrorism.” The House passed its version of this  legislation on July 15.

Here  is what is now known (note – Senate numbers were rounded to the nearest  million):

Office  of Science

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $4,842.7 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was 5,416.1 million     The  House-passed bill provides $4,800.0 million, a decrease of 0.9 percent or $42.7  million as compared to the current budget.

The  Senate Appropriations subcommittee’s bill recommends $4,843 million,  essentially level funding.   The release  states that this funding is “to focus on breakthroughs in energy applications  and develop the next-generation high performance computing systems.”

Advanced  Research Projects Agency – Energy

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $179.6 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $550.0 million     The  FY 2012 House Appropriations Committee’s bill recommended $100.0 million.  As a result of an amendment offered on the  House floor, the House-passed bill provides $179.6 million, which would  maintain the current level of funding.

The  Senate Appropriations subcommittee bill recommends $250 million, an increase of  39.1 percent or $70.4 million, “to develop high-risk, but promising energy  technologies.”

National  Nuclear Security Administration: Weapons Activities

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $6,896.4 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $7,589.4 million     The  House-passed bill provides $7,091.7 million, an increase of 2.8 percent or $195.3  million.

The  Senate Appropriations subcommittee’s bill recommends $7,190 million, an  increase of 4.3 percent or $293.6 million.

National  Nuclear Security Administration: Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation

The  FY 2011 appropriation was $2,273.7 million     The  FY 2012 Administration request was $2,519.5 million     The  House-passed bill provides recommends $2,056.8 million, a decrease of 9.5 percent  or $216.9 million.

The  Senate Appropriations subcommittee’s bill recommends $2,383 million, an  increase of 4.8 percent or $109.3 million.