House Appropriations for FY 2023 would fund RAE priorities

By Jack Minzer 

Last month, the House Appropriations Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), has completed its markup sessions on a series of appropriations bills for the upcoming fiscal year. These bills contain hundreds of millions of dollars for RAE priorities. These investments will advance efforts by federal agencies to pursue coastal restoration and resilience. 

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies ($96.2 million): 

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies ($745.2 million):  

  • $679.9 million to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Geographic Programs to support environmental justice implementation and training grants, and associated program support costs. This includes $54.5 million for the San Fransisco Bay Geographic Program. These programs support efforts to improve water quality, protect the local ecosystem, and improve coastal infrastructure. 
  • $50.9 million to the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program (NEP) to further the vital work they do to conserve and protect twenty-eight important estuaries and their surrounding watersheds. This bill provides $800 thousand to each NEP. Additionally, the bill provides $4 million dollars to fund competitive grants for estuary protection. 
  • $14.4 million to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Program to protect and conserve fish and wildlife habitats. 

Defense ($175 million): 

RAE applauds these strides to combat climate change and protect vulnerable estuaries and coastal wetlands. We are excited to see such significant investments in coastal resilience, which will increase carbon sequestration and decrease the negative impacts of severe weather, and ecosystem conservation, which will benefit both wildlife and people. We look forward to seeing a final budget that maintains and strengthens funding for these priorities, as well as other programs to invest in blue carbon and increase resources for underserved communities. 

Jack Minzer is a rising junior studying Political Science at American University. He is from Long Island, N.Y. and is interning with Restore America’s Estuaries this Summer.