Corn Specialist in Natural Resources Policy
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
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