Congressional funding bills include possible raise for NETL-Dominion Post

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Washington, September 12, 2019 | comments

The federal fiscal year starts Oct. 1 and appropriations bills are making their way through Congress.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee and highlighted on Thursday some measures she’s included to benefit her constituents.

Of local interest is $800 million for Fossil Energy Research, included in the Fiscal Year 2020 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act. That figure, she said, is $60 million above the FY 2019 enacted level and $238 million above the budget request.

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The House has already passed its appropriations bills and its Energy and Water bill is has been read twice in the Senate. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and other members of the bipartisan Coal Caucus had sought $858 million for Fossil energy Research, but the House approved $738,600,000.

McKinley was a leader in the long effort to preserve and increase NETL funding and said in an email, “The world will continue to be reliant on fossil energy for years to come. Therefore, we must find ways to use it in the cleanest and most efficient way. That is why my office has pushed for funding for fossil fuel research and development. Our office successfully led the fight to protect and enhance funding for National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, and support their mission to develop cutting edge research.”

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