US Senate Bill to Boost BOEM Inspection Staff

December 14, 2010 (Platts) US Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill that would double the Department of Interior's Outer Continental Shelf drilling inspection staff and significantly boost the Department of Energy's ability to finance nuclear and clean coal projects.  The catch-all spending bill, which would fund the federal government through September 30, 2011 is slightly larger than the House of Representatives-passed $1.1 trillion continuing resolution, which would have capped fiscal 2011 spending at fiscal 2010 levels.

"While I appreciate the work that the House has done in producing a full year continuing resolution, I do not believe that putting the government on autopilot for a full year is in the best interest of the American people," said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, a Hawaii Democrat who has been negotiating with top Republicans on the panel to muster the 60 votes necessary to pass the bill.

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