Magazine article American Forests

Appropriations FY2016 Update

Magazine article American Forests

Appropriations FY2016 Update

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IN SEPTEMBER, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution extending FY2015 levels through December 11th, giving them time to negotiate FY2016 appropriation levels and avert a "shutdown" of the federal government. In October, Congress passed The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 - a sweeping two-year budget deal which helps avoid a default on the nation's debt and extends the debt limit through the end of the Obama administration. The Budget Deal provides $112 billion in new funding to prevent a return to the spending caps known as sequestration with new funding split evenly between defense and nondefense programs. As of this writing, Congress has added a short-term Continuing Resolution so that negotiations can continue on the funding levels, as well as the fire fix and other issues.

Thanks to funding increases provided through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, the amount in the Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies bill is nearly $2 billion more than the funding levels provided in either of the House or Senate Committee marks. It provides $5.664 billion to protect and conserve our nation's forests and fight wildland fires through the U. …

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