Secretary Salazar to testify about budget at House hearing

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will testify about the Department of the Interior Fiscal Year 2013 Budget tomorrow.

The budget requests $11.5 billion for the Interior Department. That's about the same as the 2012 level and slightly lower than the 2011 level.

Within DOI, the budget seeks $2.527 billion for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, about the same as current levels. The request for the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians is $146 million, down from $152 million in 2012.

“As our Nation’s economy continues to gain strength, we must make tough budget choices and strategic investments to maintain strong support for stewardship of the Nation’s natural and cultural resources and continue to advance improvements for Indians,” Salazar said in a press release. “The President’s proposal takes a thoughtful approach, one that allows Interior to achieve our critical missions and to do our part in maintaining a disciplined and responsible budget.”

Tomorrow's hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee takes place at 10am in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. It will be webcast.

Committee Notice:
Full Committee Oversight Hearing on "Department of the Interior Spending and the President’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal" (February 15, 2012)

DOI FY2013 Budget:
Budget in Brief | Strengthening Tribal Nations | Bureau of Indian Affairs | Departmental Offices [includes OST] | DOI [from OMB]

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