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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Bill
Legislation targets funding to nuclear national security efforts, energy security, and infrastructure projects to boost American competitiveness

WASHINGTON– The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2015 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The legislation provides annual funding for national defense nuclear weapons activities, the Army Corps of Engineers, various programs under the Department of Energy, and other related agencies.

The bill totals $34 billion – a $50 million reduction from the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and an increase of $327 million above the President’s request.

“The bill holds the line on spending, while prioritizing programs with the highest national need. This includes bolstering our national defense by ensuring the safety and readiness of our nuclear weapons, and increasing economic opportunity with critical infrastructure projects such as those through the Army Corps of Engineers,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This is a well-balanced, responsible bill that reflects thoughtful budget decisions and makes the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

Energy and Water Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson also commented on the importance of the bill:

"This bill reflects the tough decisions necessitated by our challenging fiscal environment, while placing emphasis where it is needed most: meeting critical national security needs and investing in our nation's infrastructure," Chairman Simpson said.  "It prioritizes the maintenance and safety of our nuclear weapons stockpile, while also funding important infrastructure projects and research that will increase U.S. economic competitiveness and growth."  

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