This energy bill passed through the Republican-led House of Representatives on July 15.
If approved by the Senate, the bill would cut 20% from President Obama’s 2012 budget request for energy and water projects and would prevent the current administration from closing the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage facility.
“This bill is proof that we can make commonsense spending reductions without damaging or impairing the programs that help keep our country safe and our citizens at work,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) with the passing of the bill.
A two-page summary of the $30.6 billion legislation can be downloaded with this article.
Coming in at $6 billion less than Obama’s original request and at $1 billion less than the 2011 energy and water projects bill, this document not only highlights continued concerns in the federal government with the country’s deficit but also points to the growing partisan divide on energy policy.