Senate Releases Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2011


Contact:  Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334 Luke Gelber 202-467-5318

Senate Releases Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of the Senate version of the fiscal year (FY) 2012 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. The bill allocates $32.8 billion for the Department of Energy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Interior, among other agencies; $975.7 million above the amount provided in FY 2011 and $3.8 billion below the President’s FY 2012 budget request. The Senate bill appropriates $2.5 billion more than the $30.2 billion in the House bill. Unfortunately for taxpayers, the bill contains $748.2 million for 57 earmarks that either were not requested by the President or represent a substantial increase over the budget request, thus meeting CAGW’s long-established earmark criteria. This dollar total represents a 71.6 percent increase over the $436 million in earmarks added by the House. The following are some of the most outrageous examples of pork that members of the House added to the Energy and Water bill:

  • $15,000,000 for community and regulatory support at the Savannah River. Since FY 2008, three earmarks worth $21.4 million have been directed toward Army Corps of Engineers projects, cleanup efforts, and studies at the river.
  • $9,000,000 for restoration of the San Joaquin River. Since FY 2005, 23 earmarks costing taxpayers $14.5 million have gone toward projects and studies on the San Joaquin River.
  • $4,000,000 to the Army Corps of Engineers for an aquatic plant control program.
  • $600,000 to the Army Corps of Engineers for expansion of Savannah Harbor in Georgia. Since FY 2005, two earmarks worth $12.2 million have gone to Savannah Harbor.
  • $300,000 for training and technical assistance within the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). WAP originated under the Carter Administration as an effort to lower consumers’ energy bills during the 1970s oil crisis. Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus), the program, whose budget had hovered at approximately $250 million for years, received an injection of $5 billion. There have been numerous reports of substandard work, abandoned projects, and fraud related to WAP stimulus spending.

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