Created by on 6/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

On June 6th, the House of Representatives passed HR 5325, the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Energy and Water Development (E&W) appropriations bill, by a vote of 255-165. The legislation provides the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE SC) with $4.801 billion(after rescission of unobligated balances), a $73 million (1.5 percent) decrease from FY 2012, upholding the funding level approved by the House Appropriations Committee on April 25th. In a May 31st Statement of Administration Policy, President Obama expressed his strong opposition to the DOE SC funding reductions included in the House bill, adding that if presented with HR 5325 in its current form, he would veto it. The House DOE SC funding recommendation is $108 million below the $4.909 billion included in the FY 2013 E&W bill (S 2465) approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 26th.

Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and E&W Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) said in their opening statements that DOE programs that strengthen American competitiveness are among the highest priorities in the bill. During debate on the House floor, an amendment (H AMDT 1177) offered by Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL) that would have reduced the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $30 million and transferred $15 million to DOE SC was defeated by a vote of 130-256. Three other amendments (H AMDT 1202, H AMDT 1217, and H AMDT 1228) by Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) that proposed across-the-board cuts to the bill also failed. The complete bill text and committee report are available online, as is a House Appropriations Committee press release, which includes a list of adopted amendments.