Due to the death of one congressman and the retirement of another, several changes have been made to the leadership of the House panel that allocates funding to federal agencies. Representative Mike Simpson (R-ID), who had chaired the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, is the new chair of the Energy and Water Development subpanel. Representative Ken Calvert (R-CA) advanced from the number two spot to chair the Interior subpanel. That subcommittee oversees spending for the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. Both congressmen are viewed as moderates and are past recipients of the USGS Coalition Leadership Award for their efforts to champion the scientific programs of the U.S. Geological Survey.
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