|00:00:01||SIMPSON: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN.|
|00:00:02||LET ME THANK CHAIRMAN ROGERS AND RANKING MEMBER DICKS.|
|00:00:04||AS I HAVE TOLD MANY MEMBERS IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TERM OR SECOND TERM OR THIRD TERM HERE IN THIS BDY, THIS IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE SEEN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL COME TO THE FLOOR UNDER AN OPEN RULE.|
|00:00:15||AND I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING WE BOTH WANT.|
|00:00:18||I KNOW IT'S VERY -- THE MAJORITY PARTY WANT THAT, I KNOW THE MINORITY PARTY WANTS THAT ALSO AND WHILE MR.|
|00:00:26||HOYER WAS CORRECT, WE NEED TO GET THEM ALL DONE, WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND WE WILL GET THERE, WHERE EVERY BILL COMES UNDER AN OPEN RULE SO MEMBERS HAVE INPUT INTO THAT LEGISLATION.|
|00:00:39||FIRST, LET ME THANK MY PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT, MR.|
|00:00:42||MORAN OF VIRGINIA.|
|00:00:43||HE'S BEEN A GREAT ASSET IN WORK OUGHT THIS BILL.|
|00:00:46||WE DON'T ALWAYS AGREE ON EVERY ISSUE.|
|00:00:48||I'M FROM IDAHO, HE'S FROM VIRGINIA, WE SOMETIMES HAVE DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.|
|00:00:53||BUT WE'RE ABLE TO SIT DOWN AND WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE DIFFERENCES AND WORK OUT A BILL THAT I THINK IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.|
|00:00:59||THE SUPERIOR BILL CONFERENCE AGREEMENT -- AGREEMENT IS $21 PPT 75 BILLION, BELOW THE F.|
|00:01:09||Y. 2011 ENACTED LEVEL.|
|00:01:10||IT FUNDS THE E.|
|00:01:14||P.A. AT $2.|
|00:01:17||45 BILLION, $524 BILLION BELOW THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST.|
|00:01:21||IT INCLUDES A YEN PROVISION THAT AMENDS THE CLEAN AIR ACT TO TRANSFER AIR QUALITY PERMITTING AUTHORITY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS ENACTMENT FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TO DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR THIS WILL PROVIDE PARITY FOR THE PLANNING AREAS WITH THE WESTERN AND CENTRAL GULL OF OF MEXICO PLANNING AREAS.|
|00:01:43||IT FUNDS THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT WITH $60 MILLION TO HELP EXPEDITE THE REVIEW OF OFFSHORE EXPEDITIONS.|
|00:01:51||IT FULLY FUNDS THE NEWLY CREATED OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT ARS $76 MILLION INCLUDING $54 MILLION FOR OIL SPILL RESEARCH.|
|00:02:02||IT PROVIDES AUTHORITY FOR THE COLLECTION OF $62 MILLION IN INSPECTION FEE BUS IT DEDICATES FUNDING FOR APPROVING PERMITS, EXPE DIETING EXPLORATION PLANS AND HIRING MUCH-NEEDED INSPECTORS AN ENGINEERS.|
|00:02:16||IT FULLY FUNDS WILD FIRE SUPPRESSION AT A 10-YEAR AVERAGE, CUTS N.|
|00:02:23||E.A. AND N.|
|00:02:25||E.H. FUNDING FROM THE 2011 APPROPRIATION, IT PROVIDES $4.|
|00:02:29||3 BILLION TO THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE.|
|00:02:32||THIS HAS BEEN A BIPARTISAN EFFORT WITH MR.|
|00:02:34||DICKS, WHEN HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THIS COMMITTEE, MR.|
|00:02:36||MORAN WHEN HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE AND NOW WITH ME THAT WE FULLY FUND THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICES.|
|00:02:43||THIS IS A $5.|
|00:02:45||8% -- THIS IS A 5.|
|00:02:49||8% INCREASE TO FUND HEALTH FACILITIES AND CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS TO TRIBES.|
|00:02:54||IT PROVIDES $10LE KNOLL SITHSONIAN FOR THE MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND CHURL, IT DOES SEVERAL THING FOR WESTERNERS IN PUBLIC LAND STATES FOR GRAZING.|
|00:03:13||IT PROVIDES PROTECTION FOR TRAILING OF LIVESTOCK.|
|00:03:18||THIS OVERALL IS A GOOD BILL.|
|00:03:19||I THINK IT'S ONE WE CAN ALL BE PROUD OF.|
|00:03:21||I WANT TO THANK MR.|
|00:03:22||MORAN FOR HIS DEDICATION AN WORK ON THIS.|
|00:03:24||I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WHO WORK -- IF YOU'RE NOT ON THIS COMMITTEE, IF YOU DON'T WORK WITH THIS COMMITTEE, YOU DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME THEY PUT IN.|
|00:03:33||THEY DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB FOR CONGRESS, FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I THANK YOU AND YIELD|
Mr. SIMPSON. First, let me thank Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Dicks.
As I've told many Members, if this is your first term or your second term or your third term here in this body, this is the first time you've actually seen an appropriation bill come to the floor under an open rule, and I know that is something we both want. The majority party wants that, and I know the minority party wants that, also. And while Mr. Hoyer was correct, we didn't get them all done, we are moving in the right direction. And we will get there where every bill comes under an open rule so that Members have input into that legislation, and that's what we're working toward. And I want to thank you for that.
[Time: 12:40] But first let me also thank my partner in this effort, Mr. Moran from Virginia. He's been a great asset in working out this bill. We don't always agree on every issue. I'm from Idaho, he's from Virginia, and so we sometimes have differences of opinion. But we're able to sit down and work together to solve those differences and work out a bill that I think is in the best interests of the American people.
The Interior bill conference agreement is $29.175 billion, which is $384 million below the FY enacted level. The conference agreement funds the EPA at $8.45 billion, which is $233 million below the FY11 enacted level and $524 million below the President's request. The bill also includes in title IV a general provision that amends the Clean Air Act to transfer air quality permitting authority as of the date of this enactment from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Department of the Interior.
This will provide regulatory parity for the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea planning areas with the western and central Gulf of Mexico planning areas. It fully funds the newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management with $60 million to help expedite the review of offshore exploration plans. It also fully funds the newly created Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at $76 million, including $15 million for oil spill research.
It provides authority for the collection of $62 million in inspection fees, but it dedicates funding for approving permits, expediting exploration plans, and hiring much-needed inspectors and engineers while also accelerating the approval of drilling plans. It fully funds wildfire suppression at the 10-year average. It cuts the NEA and NEH funding by $17.4 million combined in this bill from the '011 appropriation.
It provides $4.3 billion to the Indian Health Service. This has been a bipartisan effort with Mr. Dicks when he was chairman of this committee, with Mr. Moran when he was chairman of this committee, and now with me that we fully fund the Indian Health Services. This is a 5.8 percent increase in this bill to address the health care needs in Indian Country, including access to Indian health facilities and contractual obligations to tribes. It provides $108 million for the Smithsonian, including $75 million for the construction of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
It does several things for Westerners that live in public land States relative to grazing. There is a new provision that requires that the administrative review process first be exhausted before litigating on grazing issues and provides protection for trailing of livestock.
This, overall, is a good bill, and I think it's one that we can all be proud of. And, again, I want to thank Mr. Moran for his dedication and work on this. But, most of all, I want to thank the staff on both sides of the aisle. If you're not on this committee, if you don't work with this committee, you don't know how much time they put in, and they do an incredible job for Congress and for the American people.