FY 2013 Senate Appropriations Bill for USGS

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Publication date: 
27 September 2012
Number: 
123

Somewhat  unexpectedly, Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations  Subcommittee Chairman Jack Reed (D-RI) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Lisa  Murkowski (R-AK) jointly released the starting point for their FY 2013 funding  bill.  Known as a “Chairman’s mark,” this  draft is the basis of the subcommittee’s bill for the new fiscal year starting  on Monday, October 1.

In  releasing this bill on September 25, the senators explained:

“Today  we release the Chairman’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2013 Interior, Environment,  and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. While Congress has passed a  short-term continuing resolution, we hope this final draft document will serve  as a roadmap as discussions continue to finalize a responsible, balanced fiscal  year 2013 appropriations bill. We will continue working together, with our  colleagues and our House counterparts, to turn this draft into law.”

The  bill text was released, as well as a quite detailed 37-page table of  recommended funding amounts.  The  all-important committee report with the appropriators’ instructions and  recommendations for how this funding is to be used was not issued.  This is the only one of the twelve FY 2013 appropriations  bills that has not been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

    The House Appropriations Committee  approved its version of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies  Appropriations Bill and the accompanying report in mid-July.  A summary of its extensive provisions can be  found here.  This controversial bill was never considered  on the House floor.

The  below figures provide the Senate Chairman’s mark for USGS and its programs.  Readers wishing to review specific line items  for the Survey should see pages 10-13 of this committee table.

    Total  USGS:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $1,068.0 million     The  Administration requested $1,102.5 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $967.0 million, a decrease of $101.0  million or 9.5 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $1,083.8 million, an increase of $15.8  million or 1.5   percent over FY 2012

Within  the USGS budget are the following programs:

Ecosystems:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $161.3 million     The  Administration requested $177.9 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $132.5 million, a decrease of $28.8 million  or 17.9 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $170.7 million, an increase of $9.4 million  or 5.8 percent

Climate  and Land Use Change:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $144.1 million     The  Administration requested $153.8 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $128.3 million, a decrease of $15.8  million or 11.0 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $145.6 million, an increase of $1.5 million  or 1.0 percent

Energy,  Minerals, and Environmental Health:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $96.2 million     The  Administration requested $97.1 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $88.3 million, a decrease of $8.0  million or 8.3 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $95.0 million, a decrease of $1.2 million or 1.3  percent

Natural  Hazards:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $134.5 million     The  Administration requested $144.8 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $107.4 million, a decrease of $27.1  million or 20.2 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $140.0 million, an increase of $5.5 million  or 4.1   percent

Water  Resources:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $214.7 million     The  Administration requested $209.8 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $219.8 million, an increase of $5.2  million or 2.4 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $215.8 million, an increase of $1.1 million  or 0.5   percent

Core  Science Systems:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $106.7 million     The  Administration requested $120.4 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $112.3 million, an increase of $5.6  million or 5.3 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $117.9 million, an increase of $11.2 million  or 10.5   percent

Administration  and Enterprise Information:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $110.2 million     The  Administration requested $99.1 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $82.4 million, a decrease of $27.8  million or 25.2 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $99.1 million, a decrease of $11.1 million or  10.1 percent

Facilities:

The  FY 2012 appropriation was $100.4 million     The  Administration requested $99.7 million     The  House Appropriations Committee recommended $96.0 million, a decrease of $4.4  million or 4.4 percent     The  Senate Chairman’s Mark recommends $99.7 million, a decrease of $0.7 million or 0.7  percent

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