President signs spending measure on energy, water, Great
Article courtesy of Detroit Free Press
November 13, 2001
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush signed a bill to cut
spending aimed at keeping Russian nuclear weapons and
expertise from unfriendly nations or terrorists and banning
for two years new oil and gas drilling under the Great
The measure also increases money for many water projects
and renewable energy programs.
The provisions were part of a $25 billion measure to
finance federal energy and water programs in 2002 that
Bush signed on Monday along with two other spending bills.
The White House announced the signings on Tuesday after
Bush met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Great Lakes provision would prevent federal agencies
from issuing permits for new drilling through September
2003 to give time for the government to complete a study
on environmental effects that drilling might have.
Until now, states bordering the Great Lakes have overseen
drilling within the five.
None of those states -- New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota --
allow drilling from rigs in the water. Michigan is the
only state that allows drilling from the shoreline angled
to reach deposits under the lake.
The overall energy and water bill would provide $573
million more than last year and $2 billion above Bush's
request. It is packed with billions of dollars worth of
water projects and energy research spending for every
state, items that perennially make the measure a favorite
The president also signed a measure providing $32.5 billion
to the Treasury Department and other agencies, including
$4.8 billion for the Customs Service and the Treasury's
other law enforcement bureaus.
The measure increases spending for the Internal Revenue
Service and opens the door for lawmakers to give themselves
a $4,900 pay raise next year to $150,000.
Bush signed a bill providing just under $3 billion for
operations of lawmakers' offices and for those of the
vice president, who is technically an employee of the
Bush has signed five of the 13 spending bills for the
new fiscal year. All are overdue, since fiscal 2002 began
Oct. 1. Lawmakers are wrangling over many of the others.