Energy and Water Development Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, February 11, 2015 [open pdf - 309KB]
This is the February 11, 2015 hearing titled, "Energy and Water Development Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2016," held before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development of the Committee on Appropriations. From the opening statement of Lamar Alexander, U.S. Senator from Tennessee: "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." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jo-Ellen Darcy, Estevan Lopez, Jennifer Gimbel, and Thomas P. Bostick.
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