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FY 2024 Funding Package Released

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The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committee have released a package of six appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024 (which started on Oct. 1, 2023). The federal government has been operating under a series of continuing resolutions (or funding extensions) since the beginning of the fiscal year.

The package includes a bill that provides funding for the Department of the Interior, home to many programs related to bird research, management, and conservation.  While overall funding levels for Interior would remain the same as FY 2023, many agencies with the department would see budget cuts. Proposed reductions from the previous fiscal year include $51 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, $150 million for the National Park Service, and $42 million for the U.S. Geological Survey.

Within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Migratory Bird Management Program would receive $53.2 million, including $30.4 million for Conservation and Monitoring; $5.4 for Permits; $591,000 for the Federal Duck Stamp program; and $16.82 million for the North American Waterfowl Management Plan/Joint Ventures program. The bill would also provide $49 million for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund and $5 million for the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Fund.

Congress will likely vote on the spending package this week, averting a partial government shutdown.

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The Interior bill included increases for "wildland fire management activities and continued wildland firefighter base salary increases." Overall, $1.5 billion is provided for these activities (I'm not sure yet how much of an increase that is over FY 2023). 

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