HOUSE PASSES FUNDING BILL PROVIDING $4.8 BILLION FOR DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE OF SCIENCE Created by on 08/02/2011
On July 15th, the House of Representatives passed HR 2354, the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Energy and Water (E&W) appropriations bill, by a vote of 219-196. The legislation provides the Department of Energy’s Office of Science (DOE SC) with $4.80 billion, approximately $43 million (0.89 percent) below the FY 2011 enacted level of $4.84 billionand $616 million below the President’s FY 2012 request of $5.41 billion. A press release issued by the House Appropriations Committee praised the passage of HR 2354 and included a list of adopted amendments.
During the week-long House floor debate on the bill, a number of amendments addressing DOE SC funding levels were considered, but all were ultimately rejected. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) proposed to increase the DOE SC account by $43 million, and Representatives Tom McClintock (R-CA) and Paul Broun (R-GA) attempted to reduce DOE SC funding by $820 million. However, a measure introduced by Adam Schiff (D-CA) to restore Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy funding to its FY 2011 level of $180 million passed 214-213. The House vote followed E&W Subcommittee approval of the bill on June 2nd and full committee consideration on June 15th.