On Wednesday, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. As vice chair of the Energy and Water Subcommittee on Appropriations, Congressman Steve Womack released the following statement on the bill's passage:
"Consistent with our commitment to address runaway spending, the House-passed bill represents nearly a $1 billion decrease from the President's request. At the same time, it provides much-needed resources to the Corps of Engineers for critical infrastructure projects and our nuclear weapons and nonproliferation programs to strengthen national security at home and abroad. This common-sense bill ensures that research programs designed to advance oil shale production, increase domestic energy production, and lower gas prices receive adequate funding.
"I am pleased that the House continues to do its work to ensure the federal government is funded and look forward to working with my colleagues on the Appropriations Committee, and in the full House, to pass the remaining bills."