Funding Bills Passed, Corps PR&G Prohibition Removed
Last week, appropriations packages H.R.1865
were signed into law to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2020, avoiding a government shutdown. H.R.1865, "Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020" includes appropriations for the Corps of Engineers, EPA, Department of the Interior, and the Department of Energy and several other federal agencies.
Notably, H.R.1865 removes the longstanding prohibition on the use of newer Corps of Engineers Water Resources Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines (PR&G). Many WPN members have fought against
this prohibition for years. H.R.1865 further urges the Corps to provide a timeline for completing agency specific implementation guidance for new Principles, Requirements, and Guidelines and to prioritize those efforts.
The funds allocated to the Corps of Engineers include:
- Construction Funding: $2.681 billion
- Study Funding: $151 million
- Operation & Maintenance Funding: $3.79 billion
- Mississippi River & Tributaries Funding: $375 million
- Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Funding: $35 million
The appropriations package also extends the National Flood Insurance Program through September 30, 2020.
- Full text of H.R.1865, the appropriations package for the Corps, EPA, Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, and many other agencies.
- Division-by-division summaries of H.R.1865 from the House and from the Senate.
- Explanatory statements on appropriations for the Corps of Engineers and for the Department of the Interior, EPA, and related agencies.
- Full text of H.R.1158, which includes appropriations for FEMA, NOAA, and many other agencies.
- Press release from the House Committee on Appropriations with more information.