June 27, 2002   Press Contact: Tom Gavin
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Committee Approves FY03 Interior Appropriations Bill

By a vote of 29-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2003 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The bill now moves to the full Senate for further consideration.

After the vote, Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., who also chairs the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, stated: "This bill provides critical resources for this nation's most valued natural resources. It provides funding to protect delicate environmental habitats and restore historic sites. At the same time, this bill will fund research efforts to develop new energy technologies that can help to lead to America's energy independence."

"The Administration budget would have cut 16 percent in the Fossil Energy research budget at a time when the nation needs aggressive research into clean, innovative technologies. Fossil energy is the backbone of America's energy supply. But to utilize these fuels in an efficient, environmentally friendly manner, we need to invest in these research initiatives. This legislation restores that funding. We should not undercut energy power by underfunding brain power."

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SUMMARY

Title One -- Department of the Interior (dollars in thousands)

Bureau of Land Management: 1,880,042

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: 1,282,531

National Park Service: 2,373,444

U.S. Geological Survey: 926,667

Minerals Management Service: 172,427

Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement: 297,112

Bureau of Indian Affairs: 2,270,829

Departmental offices: 423,814

Total, Title One, Department of the Interior: $9,626,866

Title Two -- Related Agencies (dollars in thousands)

Forest Service: 4,027,880

Department of Energy: 1,830,991

Indian Health Service: 2,841,045

Institute of American Indian and Alaka Native Culture and Arts Development: 5,130

Smithsonian Institution: 537,960

National Gallery of Art: 94,449

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: 33,910

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: 8,488

National Endowment for the Arts: 118,489

National Endowment for the Humanities: 127,754

Commission of Fine Arts: 1,224

National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs: 7,000

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation: 4,000

National Capital Planning Commission: 7,253

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: 38,663

Presidio Trust: 21,327

Total, Title Two, Related Agencies: 9,720,054

Total, FY 2003 Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill: $19,346,920