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Policy & Advocacy

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Appropriations within the Interior and Environment bill provide critical funding for science and research programs within the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Through competitively awarded grants and partnerships with these federal agencies, university researchers are finding ways to improve our nation’s water and air quality and increase our chemical safety awareness. Appropriations also support the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The NEH is a vital source of funding for scholars and researchers whose work helps the public and policymakers better understand and address the social, economic, political, and cultural challenges facing our nation and world. 

FY2021

APLU’s FY2021 Interior and Environment Appropriations Advocacy Document provides additional context regarding our key priorities in natural resource management, environmental research, and humanities programs, as well as justifications to support our funding request levelsAdditional supporting information is included in APLU’s letter to House and Senate leadership on reconciling difference between the two chambers' FY2021 bills.  

Additional FY2021 Resources:  

  • President’s FY2021 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of the Interior Overview and Budget Summary 
  • President’s FY2021 Budget Request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Overview and Budget Summary 
  • President’s FY2021 Budget Request for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Overview and Budget Summary 
  • President’s FY2021 Budget Request for the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Overview and Budget Summary
  • U.S. House of Representatives FY2021 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill Text and Report Language 
  • U.S. Senate FY2021 Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill Text and Report Language 
  • Resolution of House – Senate Differences: Bill Text and Report Language [N/A]

Member of Congress Dear Colleague Letters Supporting APLU Priorities: 

  • U.S. Representatives Price and Stivers: FY2021 NEH  allocation 
  • U.S. Senator Udall: FY2021 NEH allocation