Subcommittee Approves FY01 Interior Appropriations
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.
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
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
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.
The bill appropriates $220.7 million from the Land and Water Conservation
Fund, including $40 million for the State assistance program.
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
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.
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
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.
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
|U.S. Fish and Wildlife
|National Park Service
|Minerals Management Service
|Ofc. of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
|Bureau of Indian Affairs
|Total, Title I - Dept. of the Interior
|Title II - Related Agencies
|Department of Energy
|Indian Health Service
|Office of Navajo and Hope Indian Relocation
|Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development
|National Gallery of Art
|Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
|Institute of Museum and Library Services
|Commission of Fine Arts
|National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs
|D.C. Arts Education Grants
|Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
|National Capital Planning Commission
|U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
|Total, Title II - Related Agencies
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