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Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Completes DOE Funding Bill

Richard M. Jones
Number 78 - July 21, 2010  |  Search FYI  |   FYI Archives  |   Subscribe to FYI

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The Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee approved its FY 2011 funding bill yesterday. As was true for the bill drafted by the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, few details are available.

Comparisons between current year funding, the Obama Administration’s FY 2011 request, the House bill, and the Senate bill follow. Additional information on both bills will appear in FYI as they become available.

Department of Energy:

FY 2010 appropriation: $27,111 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $29,613 million
House subcommittee recommendation: $28,109 million, an increase of $998 million or 3.7 percent above this year.
Senate subcommittee recommendation: $28,346 million, an increase of $1,235 million or 4.6 percent above this year.

Office of Science:

FY 2010 appropriation: $4,904 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $5,121 million
House subcommittee recommendation: $4,900 million, a decline of $4 million or 0.1 percent below this year.
Senate subcommittee recommendation: $5,012 million, an increase of $108 million or 2.2 percent above this year.

Energy Innovation Hubs:

There are currently three Energy Innovation Hubs.
For FY 2011, the Administration requested additional funding for a new Hub on batteries and energy storage.
The House appropriations subcommittee chairman stated “the bill continues three energy innovation hubs started in fiscal year 2010.”
The Senate release did not mention Energy Innovation Hubs.

Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy:

FY 2010 appropriation: none
Economic stimulus act funding: $400 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $300 million
House subcommittee recommendation: $220 million
Senate subcommittee recommendation: $200 million

Weapons Activities:

FY 2010 appropriation: $6,384 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $7,009 million
House subcommittee recommendation: $6,910 million, an increase of $526 million or 8.2 percent above this year.
Senate subcommittee recommendation: $7,019 million, an increase of $635 million or 10.0 percent above this year.

Nuclear Energy:

FY 2010 appropriation: $787 million
FY 2011 Administration request: $824 million
House subcommittee recommendation: $824 million, an increase of $37 million or 4.7 percent above this year.
Senate subcommittee recommendation: $783 million, a decease of $4 million or 0.5 percent below this year.

Richard M. Jones
Media and Government Relations Division
American Institute of Physics
rjones@aip.org
301-209-3095