Rep. Dicks previews Interior spending bill conference, seeks pesticide deal
Lawmakers from the House and Senate plan to meet next week and finish the fiscal year 2006 Interior spending bill, which contains money for the U.S. EPA, the National Park Service and other agencies. But as conferees scramble to finish the bill before the August recess, they face some key questions. Are Interior and EPA competing for the same dollars now that they are both contained in the same appropriations bill? How much money will conferees provide for wastewater loans, park maintenance and other programs? And can lawmakers find middle ground on controversial issues such as pesticide testing on humans? Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), ranking member on the House Interior spending subcommittee, tackles these questions and more.