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July 8, 2020

Rep. Kirkpatrick, Appropriations Subcommittee Approve Fiscal Year 2021 Energy and Water Development Funding Bill

(Tucson, AZ) — Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick and her fellow colleagues that sit on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2021 bill. For fiscal year 2021, the legislation invests $49.6 billion in Energy and Water Development programs, an increase of $1.26 billion, or 3 percent, above the fiscal year 2020 enacted level. To respond to the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic recession, the bill provides an additional $43.5 billion in emergency spending.

Rep. Kirkpatrick’s Arizona priorities under this subcommittee were successfully included and approved in today’s vote. Some of the toplines Rep. Kirkpatrick office highlighted, include:

  • Robust funding for renewable energy research and deployment, including solar and wind capabilities that will expand our clean energy industries and independence in Arizona
  • Funds for Arizona to implement its Drought Contingency Plan
  • Research funding for our universities to continue groundbreaking research on water resources and drought resiliency in the Southwest
  • The prevention of funds from this bill from being used for nuclear weapon testing

The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.

“The first step is working with the state, counties, local municipalities and organizations to gather the areas of need and advocate for these appropriations requests in our subcommittee funding bill, the next step is ensuring we continue to fight and secure the funding in full committee, then we take it to the House floor,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “I am thrilled to see that we were able to successfully include the major Arizona resource needs in this bill and I will continue to do everything I can to deliver the funding we need for to implement these vital water and energy infrastructure projects.”

“Ensuring a vibrant economic recovery from the pandemic and economic recession is my highest priority as Chairwoman,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Chairwoman Marcy Kaptur. “This bill makes critical investments in rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure to bolster the efficient movement of goods, in funding innovation at the Department of Energy and the jobs that follow, and in combating climate change by moving clean energy technologies to the marketplace. This bill rejects the President’s drastic, short-sighted cuts across the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, and Bureau of Reclamation – all of which contribute to our nation’s economic prosperity. This bill also rejects the dangerous and unnecessary plans to restart underground nuclear testing. This bill will put Americans to work while keeping our nation at the forefront of global energy innovation, accelerating improvements to water infrastructure, responsibly funding our nuclear deterrent, and ensuring that low-income households across the country have energy-efficient and more livable homes.”

 “The strong funding in this bill is critical to our nation’s ability to recover from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic crisis while revitalizing America’s energy and water infrastructure and leading the way for energy innovation,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey. “Critically, the bill would prevent the Trump administration from using any funds to carry out its dangerous and short-sighted plan to resume nuclear testing. With this bill, we will get Americans back to work, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and set a course for a clean energy future.”

A summary of the bill is here. The full text of the bill is here.

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