S. 3068: Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017

S. 3068 Provides FY2017 appropriations for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and related agencies.

Provides appropriations to the EPA.

Provides appropriations to the Department of Agriculture for the Forest Service.

Provides appropriations to Interior for:

  • the Bureau of Land Management,
  • the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
  • the National Park Service,
  • the U.S. Geological Survey,
  • the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,
  • the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,and
  • the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement

Funding for the USGS would increase by $6.1 million.

Provides appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services for:

  • the Indian Health Service, the National Institutes of Health for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Provides appropriations to other related agencies, including:
  • the Executive Office of the President for the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Environmental Quality; the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board; the Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation; the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development; the Smithsonian Institution; the National Gallery of Art; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Commission of Fine Arts; the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; the National Capital Planning Commission; the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission; and the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission. Sets forth permissible and prohibited uses for funds provided by this and other appropriations Acts.
  • Amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to require specified adjustments to discretionary spending limits in FY2017-FY2026 to accommodate appropriations for wildfire suppression operations in the Wildland Fire Management accounts at USDA and Interior.

Alaska Land Use Council Act

  • Establishes a new Alaska Land Use Council to facilitate coordination and cooperation among federal, state, and Alaska Native Corporation and tribal land and resource managers in implementing the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and other land and resource management laws.

Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission Act

  • Authorizes a Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission to commemorate the events that led to women gaining the right to vote, including the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

S 3068 was passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 16, 2016.

The One Hundred-Fourteenth United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from now until January 3, 2017, during the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program. (Authorizations direct how federal funds should or should not be used.) Appropriations are typically made for single fiscal years (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

JUN 16, 2016

This is the first step in the legislative process.

JUN 16, 2016
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

 Passed Senate
Passed House
Signed by the President



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