HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES STRONG TOP-LINE FY21 APPROPRIATIONS FUNDING FOR CORPS OF ENGINEERS, INCLUDING $17 BILLION IN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR CORPS’ INFRASTRUCTURE
July 7, 2020
HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE APPROVES STRONG TOP-LINE
FY21 APPROPRIATIONS FUNDING FOR CORPS OF ENGINEERS, INCLUDING $17 BILLION IN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FOR CORPS’ INFRASTRUCTURE
Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development (E&WD) approved its top-line funding numbers for the Corps of Engineers for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. The Subcommittee passed the bill by voice vote, and the full Committee is expected to mark up the bill July 13. WCI will relay to its members more in-depth information when the report of the bill is released.
Overall proposed funding for the Corps is $7.63 billion, a decrease of $21 million below FY20’s record-setting appropriated level, but $1.7 billion above the President’s FY21 budget request.
The Corps’ Investigations account funding is $151 million, equal to the FY20 enacted level and $48 million above the FY21 request.
Funding for the Construction account is $2.62 billion, a decrease of $61 million below FY20’s level, but $447 million above FY21’s request.
Funding for Operations and Maintenance (O&M) is $3.84 billion, an increase of $48 million above FY20 and $1.8 billion above the Administration request.
Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) projects receive $1.68 billion, $50 million above the FY20 level and an increase of $665 million above the Administration’s request. This represents 92% of estimated HMTF revenue, an increase of 9% above the target set by the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.
The Subcommittee did not yet release information on the number for Inland Waterways Trust Fund Construction and Major Rehabilitation projects. We will have this information when the full Committee marks the bill up.
The House bill also provides for seven new study starts and seven new construction projects to be selected by the Administration.
In addition, the Corps of Engineers will receive an additional $17 billion in emergency funding to accelerate work on Corps projects. Of the additional $17 billion, the Construction account will receive $10 billion to accelerate projects across all Corps mission areas, at least $3 billion of which is for inland waterways projects.
The bill provides $5 billion in O&M funding.
“The bill appropriates an amount very close to the record-level funding provided to the Corps’ Civil Works mission for FY20. Further, the additional $17 billion in emergency infrastructure funding to expedite Corps work would significantly advance the completion of many important water resources projects. We look forward to working with Congress ahead to finalize the bill,” said WCI Interim President/CEO Deb Calhoun.