Posted on August 9, 2023
While the overall funding for the Corps in both bills is higher than last year (contrary to the story in part 1, above), the coastal figures are sharply down. Focusing on just FY24, the President proposed $51.37 million, the House upped that to $91.76 million, and the Senate came in below that at $88.28 million. The House committee added funding for two coastal projects not funded in the President’s request (Waikiki Beach – $500,000; Hereford Inlet to Cape May Inlet NJ – $500,000) and also added $2 million for Sec. 111 (mitigation for damages caused by federal channels) and $11 million and $6 million for the Coastal Inlet Research Program and the National Coastal Mapping Program, respectively. The House cut half of the $9 million the President requested for the Planning Assistance to States program which got an $8 million haircut from the Senate committee.