Federal spending package ups budgets for many hydro-related DOE programs

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After vowing to severely cut or eliminate federal funding for a number of agencies and programs relevant to the hydroelectric power and other renewables sectors, President Donald Trump on Friday signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that actually increases allocations for many of them.

Trump, who previously considered vetoing the bill, OK’d the package under pressure of a midnight government shutdown and two-week government recess, saying he was “very disappointed” but had no other choice to ensure funding for the military.

The president said last year that he intended to trim or cut allocations to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of the Interior, Army Corps of Engineers and others — particularly as it pertained to their greenhouse gas reduction programs. However, many of the most significant line items will receive equal or increased funding through September, when Congress will have to pass another spending bill for Fiscal Year 2019: 

The Corps of Engineers’ overall budget is also increasing — up $790 million to $6.8 billion — while the Department of the Interior’s budget increases from $12.2 billion to $13.1 billion.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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