House Appropriations Committee Passes Fiscal Year 2021 Interior-Environment Bill
The Measure Includes Funding for Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, Brown Tree Snake Prevention, National Trails and Other Hawai’i Projects and Priorities Sought by Appropriations Committee Member Case
(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) announced today that his House Appropriations Committee has included in its Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act approved by the Committee today his request for more than $5 million for much needed improvements to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.
“With the Memorial and its attractions reopening today for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut them down in March, these much-needed additional improvements at Pearl Harbor will enhance the visitor experience at these historical sites,” said Case.
Case said the money will go to replace an aging shoreside dock at the Visitor Center, one of two docks used to launch boat tours of Battleship Row.
Case serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, which is responsible for allocating federal funds to government agencies, departments and organizations on an annual basis. Each year, the Committee approves for full House passage twelve separate bills. The Committee’s Interior-Environment bill funds the Department of the Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency and related agencies including the U.S. Forest Service.
In total, the measure passed today by the Committee includes $36.76 billion in regular appropriations, an increase of $771 million above the FY 2020 enacted level, and $5.11 billion over the President’s 2021 request. Additionally, the bill includes $15 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for investments in critical infrastructure.
The bill makes critical investments in environmental protection and land conservation, clean air and water to protect our communities’ health, earthquake and volcano warning systems, protecting our public lands and endangered species, tribal communities, our territories and climate change mitigation.
Funding provisions of interest to Hawai‘i secured by Case include:
Report provisions (directions on the spending of federal funds) of interest to Hawai‘i secured by Case include: