Protect America’s Workforce FY 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Passes House

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FY 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Passes House

by Jessica Cardenas | Jul 12, 2013

On July 10, 2013, the House passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 2609) in a 227-198 vote. The $30.4 billion bill is $2.9 billion less than fiscal 2013 levels.

Image from Bloomberg.comDuring consideration of H.R. 2609, dozens of amendments were filed, including an amendment offered by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that would prohibit the application of Davis-Bacon on construction projects funded in the bill. NECA worked with several Moderate Republicans to ensure that the amendment was not brought up for consideration, another legislative victory for NECA contractors.

Energy programs within the Department of Energy would be cut by $1.4 billion under the bill. House leaders prioritized funding towards energy programs that encourage economic competitiveness and growth and help advance the nation’s goal of energy independence. The offices for electricity delivery, energy reliability, energy efficiency and renewables were combined to receive a total of $982.6 million, almost half the amount appropriated in 2013 and two-thirds less than what the administration had originally requested.

On the “water” side of the bill, the Army Corps of Engineers would receive $4.9 billion, a $104 million decrease from FY 2013 levels, for the construction of river and harbor, flood and storm damage reduction, shore protection, and aquatic ecosystem restoration. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) successfully offered an amendment to increase Civil Works construction by $20 million and reduce Fossil Energy Research and Development by the same amount.

To read the Appropriations Committee’s press release, click here.