By a vote of 167 to 241, the House rejected an amendment to cut 4.62%, or about $730 million, from the fiscal 1987 energy and water appropriations bill. The bill (HR 5162) then was sent to the Senate with a price tag of nearly $15.6 billion. It finances Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation water projects, Department of Energy programs dealing with nuclear weapons and independent agencies such as the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Sponsor Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.) said, "I am only trying to administer frugality in small doses" in hopes of chipping away at the annual deficit.
Opponent Virginia Smith (R-Neb.) said, "Every dollar invested in water development yields benefits far in excess of that investment."
Members voting yes wanted to cut the bill by 4.62%.
How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Moorhead (R) x Rep. Roybal (D) x Rep. Waxman (D) x
Nuclear Waste Disposal
The House rejected, 68 to 351, an amendment designed to impede the Department of Energy's selection of an underground burial site for the nation's nuclear wastes. The amendment was offered to the fiscal 1987 energy and water appropriations bill (above).
It sought to cut $291 million from a $677-million outlay for the selection process, in which the government is studying three sites in Nevada, Texas and Washington for receiving spent fuel from America's nuclear power plants. Nuclear wastes are being stored temporarily above ground at about 100 power plants nationwide.