Senate starts debate on energy, water spending legislation

07/28/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Debate will start today in the Senate on legislation that would fund renewable energy and efficiency programs and Army Corps of Engineers civil works programs, among other things. Environmental groups are urging lawmakers to remove provisions from the $34.3 billion legislation that they claim will damage Missouri wetlands and fish habitats. If passed in its current form, the 2010 energy and water spending bill would allocate $27.4 billion to the Energy Department, $5.4 billion to the Corps and $1.1 billion to the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation.

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