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The annual consideration of appropriations bills (regular, continuing, and
supplemental) by Congress is part of a complex set of budget processes that also
encompasses the consideration of budget resolutions, revenue and debt-limit legislation,
other spending measures, and reconciliation bills. In addition, the operation of programs
and the spending of appropriated funds are subject to constraints established in authorizing
statutes. Congressional action on the budget for a fiscal year usually begins following the
submission of the President's budget at the beginning of the session. Congressional
practices governing the consideration of appropriations and other budgetary measures are
rooted in the Constitution, the standing rules of the House and Senate, and statutes, such as
the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974.
This report is a guide to one of the regular appropriations bills that Congress considers
each year. It is designed to supplement the information provided by the House and Senate
Subcommittees on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies. It summarizes the status
of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, its scope, major
issues, funding levels, and related congressional activity, and is updated as events warrant.
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Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies: FY2008 Appropriations, report, December 14, 2007; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc807003/m1/2/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.