Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Requests for the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Energy, Hearing Before the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, Second Session to Receive Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2003 Budget Requests for the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Energy, February 12, 2002   [open pdf - 515KB]

From the opening statement of Hon. Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Senator from New Mexico: "This morning the committee will review the budget proposals of the Energy Department, the Interior Department, as well as the Forest Service. So, there is a legitimate question as to what is happening, what this indicates for the civilian activities within the Department, in particular what is happening to State energy grant programs, to energy research and development programs, to other programs that invest in future energy supply and conservation technologies, and the Department's Office of Science, which involves our Nation's investment in future engineers and scientists for energy-related fields. The Department of the Interior and Forest Service budgets. I appreciate that there are always difficult choices to be made among competing programs in both of those budgets. I am troubled, at almost every possible opportunity, the administration proposal involves deep cuts in programs that assist communities, assists them in creating sustainable futures for themselves. The administration's budget eliminates the Forest Service economic action programs. Those are programs that have had bipartisan support and are very popular in the rural communities in my State. Based on the early indications again in my State and the Southwest, it is very possible that we will have another bad fire season. I am somewhat puzzled as to why the Forest Service budget proposes to reduce fire preparedness by $39 million from last year's level. Finally, there are a number of pressing issues related to Indian trust fund reform I want to speak to Secretary Griles about, and I know he is on top of those issues. I understand the Department is working under a court order that has required most of its computer systems to be disconnected. In my State again, this has caused some substantial impacts on many people who depend upon those BIA payments." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jeff Bingaman, Maria Cantwell, Bruce Carnes, J. Steven Griles, Frank H. Murkowski, Mark Rey, P. Lynn Scarlett.

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