Chairman Fleischmann’s Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill Passes House

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann

Washington, DC – House Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee Chairman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed his Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

“I applaud my colleagues in the House for passing my energy and water development appropriations bill. I’m proud that my bill is the outcome of months of hard work that included an open process for all Representatives to bring their ideas to the table. The result is a historic bill that invests in modernizing our nuclear deterrent and enterprise, prioritizes America’s energy security by revitalizing domestic uranium enrichment capabilities, funds upgrades to water infrastructure projects nationwide, and keeps the United States the world leader in scientific research and discovery.”

“As Chairman of the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, I vowed to create a conservative bill that invests in America while cutting and clawing back billions in wasteful and inflationary federal spending – this bill delivers on my promise. I thank all my colleagues in the House, on the Appropriations Committee, and Chairwoman Kay Granger for their support throughout this process. I urge the Senate to begin passing their funding bills and look forward to conference negotiations so we can move forward.”

Chairman Fleischmann’s Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Highlights:

  • $8.1 billion for the Office of Science to advance fusion energy science, high performance computing, and vital research at our national laboratories.
  • Reins in wasteful DC spending by rescinding $5.58 billion from Democrats’ partisan Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
  • $19.114 billion for the continued modernization of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and infrastructure.
  • $1.946 billion for Naval Reactors to support America’s nuclear fleet.
  • $2.38 billion for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation to reduce the danger of hostile nations or terrorist groups acquiring nuclear devices.
  • Supports domestic uranium enrichment capabilities, including high-assay low enriched uranium (HALEU) availability.
  • Advances small modular reactor and advanced reactor demonstration projects.
  • $200 million for the production of critical minerals.
  • Prohibits oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to be sold to any entity owned by or under the control or influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
  • Terminates the Biden Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, returning to the States control of waterways that historically have not fallen under federal jurisdiction.

The full bill text can be found here.

A summary of the FY24 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies bill can be found here.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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