The House Appropriations Committee voted 31-18 Wednesday to approve a spendingÂ bill that would provide $32.1 billion in fiscal 2017 funds forÂ the InteriorÂ Department, Environmental Protection Agency, Forest Service, Indian Health Service and related agencies.
The committee said Wednesday the FYÂ 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill includes $480 million to supportÂ the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program and another $3.9 billion to finance wildfire prevention and response efforts.
The legislation containsÂ provisionsÂ aimed at eliminatingÂ bureaucratic regulations that the panel believes harmÂ U.S.’ economy and job creation initiatives.
The panel adoptedÂ a proposal by Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) to require theÂ Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to conduct two studies onÂ air quality standards before the bureau implementsÂ air emission regulations onÂ offshore operations.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) also introduced anÂ amendment to change bill language that would mandateÂ domestic sourcing of iron and steel forÂ water infrastructure projects.
An adopted amendment proposed by Rep. David Valadao (R-California) aims toÂ maximize water deliveries to drought-hit parts ofÂ California and maintain senior water rights while protecting endangeredÂ species.