Senate gives final approval to energy and water spending bill

Despite being temporarily derailed as Democrats rebelled over an amendment related to Iran, the Senate cleared its fiscal 2017 energy and water spending bill on May 12, the chamber's first appropriations measure of the season. The $37.5 billion bill to fund the Energy Department, Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation, passed 90-8. It's the first energy and water measure to be approved on the Senate floor outside of an omnibus in several years. Attention now moves to the House, where a companion measure that emerged from committee last month comes in $93 million below the Senate's version. The House energy and water spending measure also includes several controversial provisions not in the Senate bill, including California drought language from the state's Republicans, as well as funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project.