2012 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill Approved

Earlier today, the House Appropriations Committee approved the 2012 Energy and Water appropriations bill, which will be voted on in the full House of Representatives after the July 4th recess.

This is the fifth of 12 spending bills approved by the committee. The bill, which totals $30.6 billion, actually cuts $1 billion compared to current spending levels and is $5.9 billion below what President Obama’s budget proposed.

It contains a 42% cut to President Obama’s clean energy priorities like fuel-efficient vehicles, research and solar energy. Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) boasted that bill shows that conservatives in Congress are committed to:

“Restoring restraint and responsibility to the appropriations process in a time when we cannot spend as we used to.”

The cuts are, as expected, drawing criticism from the spend-crazy liberals who claim that the cuts (remember, it really is only a $1 billion dollar cut) are “very short sided [sic].”

What big-government liberals don’t seem to pick up on is that this bill actually helps with our most pressing problem – out of control spending. While funding energy research that won’t have any useful yield for decades is cut, funding for flood control and coastal emergencies was actually increased by $27 million. It also increases funds for the Army Corps of Engineers by $195 million, but of course, that wasn’t enough for liberals. (It’s never enough when it’s not your money you’re spending.)

Troublesome for conservatives was the continued support of Rep. Steven LaTourette’s (R-OH) amendment to preserve the wage requirements under David-Bacon, which increases the costs of federal contracts.

Overall, this bill shows a continued commitment to cutting spending across all agencies.

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