Senate Subcommittee and Full Committee Mark Up FY 2017 Budget Bill

June 14 and 16, 2016 – The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies (June 14, 2016) and then the full Senate Appropriations Committee (June 16, 2016) marked up and approved the FY 2017 appropriations bill that contains funding for EPA.  The subcommittee approved the bill by a voice vote and the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved it by a vote of 16-14. The Senate bill calls for $8.12 billion for EPA, as compared to the President’s request of $8.27 billion and the House subcommittee’s recommended amount of $7.98 billion. The Committee has not yet released the details of the final bill, including the amount of state and local air grants.  However, information NACAA has received indicates that bill includes $25 million for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) program (the President requested $10 million and the House called for $100 million) and $20 million for Targeted Airshed grants (the President did not recommend any funding for this program and the House called for $40 million).  It does not appear that the Senate bill contains the controversial air-related riders included in the House version of the bill.  During the full committee mark-up, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced an amendment that would have prohibited EPA from expending funds on any Clean Power Plan-related activities while the court’s stay on the regulation is in effect.  Senator Capito spoke in favor of the amendment, articulating her wish to express her “strong feelings” and then withdrew the measure, indicating that she felt the bill itself would limit EPA’s spending in certain accounts related to the Clean Power Plan.