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US House advances Appropriation Bills

U.S. House of Representatives Advances Appropriations Bills  
 
The House of Representatives began considering 12 annual appropriations bills by grouping them together into "minibuses," a strategy of combining several bills into one. The first minibus is expected to be voted on at the end of this week and comprises four appropriations bills, including funding for State & Foreign Operations; Military Construction & Veterans Affairs; Agriculture; and Interior & Environment.

Next week, the House is planning to consider a minibus comprised of seven appropriations bills with funding for Defense, Commerce-Justice-Science, Energy & Water Development, Financial Service & General Government, Homeland Security, Labor-HHS-Education, and Transportation-Housing & Urban Development. The Energy and Water section of the minibus provides a total of $41 billion for the Department of Energy (DOE), an increase of $2.3 billion above last year’s level and $5.1 billion above the President’s budget request. Funding of $2.85 billion is provided for DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office, which is an increase of $58 million above the FY 2020 level. 

Additionally, to support economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the bill provides emergency funding, including another $7.78 billion for the EERE office to deploy energy efficient and clean energy infrastructure throughout the country, and ensure that low-income households across the country have energy-efficient, more livable homes. DOE’s Office of Electricity would also be provided $3.35 billion to enhance the resilience, reliability and security of electric grid infrastructure.

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