Subcommittee to review Army Corps, EPA budgets this week

The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee is scheduled to meet this week to receive testimony from the Army Corps of Engineers (Tuesday, 10 am ET) and from the Environmental Protection Agency (Wednesday, 10 am ET) on their proposed FY 2013 budget and program priorities...

WASHINGTON, DC, Mar. 26, 2012 -- The Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), is scheduled to meet this week to receive testimony from the Army Corps of Engineers (Tuesday, 10 am ET) and from the Environmental Protection Agency (Wednesday, 10 am ET) on their proposed budget and program priorities for Fiscal Year 2013.

The Corps of Engineers provides water resources development projects for the nation, usually through cost-sharing partnerships with nonfederal sponsors. There is a proposed reduction in most of the major accounts that fund Corps projects and activities. The appropriation request in the Administration's FY 2013 budget submittal for the Corps of Engineers is $4.731 billion.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the primary responsibility for carrying out the Clean Water Act, which provides for a major federal/state program to protect, restore, and maintain the quality of the nation's waters. However, significant parts of the program may be administered by the states if approved by the EPA. EPA also administers the Superfund program, which is aimed at investigating and cleaning up the nation's worst uncontrolled and abandoned sites contaminated with hazardous substances.

The president's request for the EPA is $8.3445 billion.

More information on Tuesday's Army Corps budget hearing >

More information on Wednesday's EPA budget hearing can be found here >

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