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Senate passes Energy, Water Appropriations 92-3

Senators Enzi, Thomas highlight funding for Wyoming projects

July 1, 2005

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi, both R-Wyo., announced the passage of H.R. 2419, the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill of 2006 by a vote of 92-3. Wyoming received funds for five projects.

“Energy and water are two of our nation’s core needs. I’m pleased this funding measure contains important projects that are in step with the comprehensive energy policy and fulfill vital needs in Wyoming,” Thomas said.

“This bill directs money to critical Wyoming projects and needs and the impact on the state is wide-ranging,” said Enzi. “Wyoming has abundant supplies of energy, while water is often times in short supply. This bill provides funding for infrastructure projects that address both resources.”

The purpose of this bill is to provide appropriations for fiscal year 2006 for energy and water development and related purposes.

The bill contains $31.245 billion in spending for fiscal year 2006. This amount is $1.49 billion above both the House-passed version and the President’s budget request. It is $1.4 billion above the current-year spending level.

Enzi, Thomas joint requests:

$1.5 million approved for the Coal Bed Methane Research Center at the University of Wyoming

- $3 million approved for Cooperative Research through DOE: The Western Research Institute receives half of this funding

- $200,000 approved for the Bear River Basin Flood Control Feasibility Study

Enzi specific request:

- $100,000 approved for the Improvement of Drainage Infrastructure for the Henderson Drainage Basin in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Thomas specific request:

- $3 million approved for the Rocky Mountain Oilfield Testing Center (RMOTC)

The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill on May 24 by a vote of 416-13.