Tuesday, April 10, 2012
M. Lynne Corn
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy
The annual Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriation funds agencies and programs in three federal departments, as well as numerous related agencies and bureaus. Among the agencies represented is the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in the Department of the Interior. Many of its programs are among the more controversial of those funded in the bill. For FY2013, the President requested $1.55 billion, up 4.9% from the FY2012 level of $1.48 billion contained the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 112-74, Division E, H.Rept. 112-331). (This measure also provided appropriations for most federal government operations for the remainder of FY2012.) For FWS, the proposed changes in the various accounts ranged from elimination (down 100%) to increases up to 138%, relative to the FY2012 level.
This report analyzes the FWS funding levels proposed for the FY2013 appropriations bill. Emphasis is on FWS funding for programs that have generated congressional debate or particular constituent interest, now or in recent years. However, few specific issues have yet developed for the FY2013 appropriation for FWS, although general efforts to reduce federal spending will encourage scrutiny of all spending, in FWS as in other agencies.
Date of Report: April 5, 2012
Number of Pages: 12
Order Number: R42466
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