This bill provides FY 2020 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.
The House Interior-Environment appropriations bill would boost funding for the Department of the Interior by $833 million to $13.79 billion in FY 2020. The bill does not provide funding for Interior’s reorganization efforts and includes standard language requiring the department to submit a more detailed plan for the overhaul. Congress had provided Interior with $14 million in FY 2019 for the reorganization and the department had requested $28 million for the effort in FY 2020. Funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) would be augmented by $75 million (+6.5 percent) to $1.24 billion. The Administration had proposed to cut USGS funding by 15 percent in FY 2020. Other agencies covered by the Interior-Environment bill would also see funding boosts:
- $1.4 billion (+$66 million) for the Bureau of Land Management
- $1.7 billion (+$79 million) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- $3.4 billion (+$168 million) for the National Park Service
- $1.07 billion (+$28 million) for the Smithsonian Institution
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be funded at $9.5 billion (+$672 million) in FY 2020, with its core science and environmental programs receiving $3.41 billion, an increase of $105 million above FY 2019. The bill includes language urging EPA “to continue its support for the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers.” The agency had announced plans on May 20 to end funding for the network of 13 research centers across the country focused on studying the impacts of pollution and other environmental threats on children.