June 20, 2000
Press Contacts:  Jen Siciliano
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 Subcommittee Approves FY01 Interior Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. - The Interior Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee today approved by voice vote the FY01 spending bill for the Department of the Interior and related agencies.  The bill will be marked up by the Full Appropriations Committee on June 22, 2000 at 2:30pm in SH-216.

Bill Highlights:

FY 2001 Bill: $15.51 billion in total budget authority.
FY 2001 President’s Request: $16.32 billion.
FY 2000 Funding:  $14.91 billion.

The bill and the subcommittee’s discretionary allocation total $15.474 billion in budget authority.  This amount is $955 million below the budget request and $628 million above the FY 2000 enacted level.

Selected Program Highlights:

Land Management Agencies

The bill provides a $258.8 million increase above FY 2000 for operations of the four land management agencies: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ($43.9 million), the National Park Service ($80 million), the Bureau of Land Management ($49 million) and the Forest Service. ($85.9 million).

Amounts provided for the National Park Service include an increase of $25 million for base operations  at nearly 80 parks and related sites.  This level includes an increase of $1.5 million for park operations associated with the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Also included in the bill is $5 million for grants for activities associated with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. 

Total funding for the Bureau of Land Management is increased $64.8 million above FY 2000, bringing the FY 2001 level to $1.3 billion.  An increase of $49 million is provided for Management of  Lands and Resources.

Total funding for the Fish and Wildlife Service is increased $41 million above FY 2000, including increases of $10.9 million for endangered species programs and $24.9 million for refuges and wildlife.

Total funding for the Forest Service is increased $165 million above FY 2000, bringing the FY 2001 level to $2.98 billion, including increases of $23.3 million for State & Private Forestry Programs and $85.9 million in National Forest System(NFS).  Amounts provided for NFS include increases of $20.7 million for land management planning and $25.5 million for inventory and monitoring.  A contingent emergency appropriation of $150 million is provided for Forest Service firefighting.

LWCF
The bill appropriates $220.7 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, including $40 million for the State assistance program.

Indian Programs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs construction account provides for the top 6 replacement schools on the priority list, an increase of $58.3 million above last year.

Indian School Repair is funded $84.5 million above last year’s level, bringing FY 2001 funding to $152.3 million.

The Indian Health Service is funded $143 million above FY 2000, bringing FY 2001 funding to $2.5 billion.  Amounts provided include an $89.4 million increase in Clinical Services, of which $59.1 million is for hospital and health clinic programs.  The FY 2001 funding level also includes a $20.6 million increase for facilities and environmental health support.

The Bill provides continued support for trust reform activities by equaling the request level for the Office of the Special Trustee and providing an increase of $12.5 million above FY 2000 for trust reform in the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Cultural Programs
The National Endowment for the Arts is funded at $105 million an increase of $7.4 million above FY 2000.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is funded at $120.3 million  an increase of $5 million above FY 2000

Energy Programs
The Bill proposes a funding level of $1.36 billion for Department of Energy programs, including $762 million (+$17 million) for energy conservation research and $413 million for fossil energy research and development.  The amount provided includes $138 million for eatherization grants (+$3 million) and $34 million for the State energy program.

Other Items
Payments in Lieu of Taxes is increased $10.6 million above FY 2000, bringing the FY 2001 level to $145 million.

The Bill provides $1.06 billion for firefighting activities

Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Fund is increased $5.6 million above FY 2000 and State regulatory grants have been increased $3 million.

United States Geological Survey includes a $34.2 million increase above FY 2000, bringing the FY 2001 level to $847.6 million.  The amount provided includes $10.8 million  increase for water resources investigations and $10.9 million increase for biological research.
 
 
 
 
Title I - Dept. of the Interior Cmte. Recommended FY01 Change from FY00 enacted
Bureau of Land Management $1,296,239,000  +64,837,000 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife 916,067,000  +40,974,000 
National Park Service 1,810,570,000  +6,723,000
Geological Survey 847,596,000  +34,220,000 
Minerals Management Service 140,128,000  +23,810,000 
Ofc. of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement 302,514,000  +10,781,000 
Bureau of Indian Affairs 2,085,638,000  +216,586,000 
Departmental  Offices 319,108,000  -761,000 
Total, Title I - Dept. of the Interior 7,717,860,000  +397,170,000 
Title II - Related Agencies
Forest Service 2,984,882,000  +164,949,000 
Department of Energy 1,355,275,000  +128,882,000 
Indian Health Service 2,533,771,000  +143,043,000 
Office of Navajo and Hope Indian Relocation 15,000,000  +7,000,000 
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development 4,125,000  +2,000
Smithsonian Institution 449,855,000  +11,725,000 
National Gallery of Art 75,652,000  +8,062,000 
Kennedy Center 34,000,000  +129,000 
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 7,310,000  +547,000 
NEA 105,000,000  +7,372,000 
NEH 120,260,000  +5,000,000
Institute of Museum and Library Services 24,907,000  +600,000 
Commission of Fine Arts 1,078,000  +77,000 
National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs 7,000,000  +27,000 
D.C. Arts Education Grants ----- -----
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 3,189,000  +200,000 
National Capital Planning Commission 6,500,000  +212,000 
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council 34,439,000  +1,278,000
Presido Trust 33,400,000  -10,900,000 
Total, Title II - Related Agencies 7,795,643,000  +470,203,000 
GRAND TOTAL 15,513,503,000  +601,873,000 

Amendments Adopted in Subcommittee:

(Gregg) - regarding management plan for White Mountain National Forest
(Campbell) - regarding an economic impact study of  management plan for the White River National Forest

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