FY16 Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation Budget, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 11, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is the February 10, 2015 hearing on "FY16 Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation Budget" before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Engery and Water Development. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairman Lamar Alexander: "Governing is about setting priorities, and unfortunately, the president's budget request for these agencies shows a failure to do so. The president's overall budget proposes spending that exceeds the budget caps established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 by about $74 billion. One of the priorities he speaks about often is our nation's infrastructure. Yet despite all that proposed new spending and all that talk, this proposal cuts the Corps' budget by $751 million, or about 14 percent below last year's actual spending level. This budget proposes cutting the Corps' funding to the actual level of spending in 2007 -- we are literally moving backward, on an agency that is crucial to maintaining our country's infrastructure. The reason this is such a problem is that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers touches the lives of all Americans. The Corps maintains our inland waterways, keeps our ports open, looks after many of our recreational waters and land, manages the river levels to prevent flooding, and its dams provide emission-free, renewable hydroelectric energy."
U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations: http://www.appropriations.senate.gov/