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House Passes Energy And Water Appropriations

Washington, D.C. Alaskan Congressman Don Young voted this afternoon in favor of H.R. 2354, the Energy and Water Appropriations bill.  This legislation provides $24.7 billion for the Department of Energy ($6 billion less than the President’s Request), $4.8 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers ($200 million over the President’s Request), and $934 million for the Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation ($117 million below the President’s Request).

Also included in this legislation is $10.7 million for operating costs for the Denali Commission.  

“The Denali Commission operates in the most geographically diverse and challenging area in America,” said Rep. Young.  “Among many of its functions, the Commission combines federal funding with state, local, and private resources to build bulk fuel storage systems, and meet infrastructure needs in rural, isolated communities suffering from unemployment, poor sanitation, and high-cost energy.   This small independent federal agency is making dramatic progress in the nation’s least developed areas and is a model for effective, innovative government.  Recognizing the critical role energy plays in the quality of life and economic development, the Denali Commission has made energy its primary infrastructure theme since its inception.  Although they have made tremendous strides to ensure rural Alaska has basic living conditions, there still is work to be done.  Many here in Congress don’t understand the unique needs of rural Alaska, and continuously try to cut funding for the Commission, but funding the good work they do is vital, and I will always continue to fight for it.” 

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