Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015, Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session on H.R. 5171 An Act Making Appropriations for the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2015, and for Other Purposes [open pdf - 3MB]
This is a hearing titled "Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015" held on March 26, 2014 before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Senator Jack Reed: "This is our first budget hearing of the year. It is a hearing to discuss the fiscal year 2015 budget of the Department of the Interior. [...] Turning to the Department's budget request, the discretionary total funded by the subcommittee increases by about 1 percent over fiscal year 2014, for a total of $10.6 billion. It is a relatively flat budget. Including the administration's new disaster cap proposal for firefighting, however, the total budget increases by almost 4 percent for a total of $10.8 billion. I am hopeful that providing a new framework for firefighting funding will prevent the Department from running out of funds before the end of the fiscal year and having to borrow from other programs. I am also hopeful that it will prevent the subcommittee from being forced to make difficult cuts to other priorities to pay for emergency firefighting. It is worth noting that in fiscal year 2014, we provided $3.9 billion for firefighting, including $600 million to pay for fire expenses from the prior year. We acted similarly in the fiscal year 2013 continuing resolution, where we provided more than $400 million for the fire expenses from the previous year. The following governmental departments were present during the hearing: the Department of Agriculture, Interior, and Environmental Protection Agency. For a comprehensive list of witnesses, communications and prepared statements please see page "i" in the Back Matter.
S. Hrg. 113-631; Senate Hearing 113-631
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