2017 Senate Energy and Water Appropriations: Bill Falls Short on Key Policies

The 2017 Senate Energy and Water Development appropriations bill does not go far enough in reducing spending, ultimately increasing the overall size and scope of government. It continues to fund programs, such as the Biological and Environmental Research Program and other energy research programs, which have produced questionable results and are not core functions of the federal government. It also does not include several important policy riders that have been proposed in the House Energy and Water bill. The bill does make progress in some areas. Members of the Senate should continue to improve upon the bill by adding additional key policy riders and lowering the overall spending level to $35.5 billion as recommended in the “Blueprint for Balance.”

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