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House Committee Passes $30.4B Energy, Water Budget

Capitol_BuildingThe House Appropriations Committee voted 28-21 Wednesday to approve a $30.4 billion energy and water spending bill for fiscal 2014, $2.9 billion less than fiscal 2013 levels, The Hill newspaper reported Wednesday.

Erik Wasson writes the legislation would reduce funds for renewable energy projects to $1 billion, a $911 million reduction from the allocated budget for the current fiscal year.

Chairman Hal Rogers has also called for steep budget cuts to the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which supports research on energy technologies.

Wasson reports this budget is $700 million less than sequestration levels that kicked in March 1.

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