House passes $35B bill for Energy Department, water projects

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have passed the second of 12 spending bills for the upcoming budget year, a $35 billion measure funding the Energy Department and popular water projects constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

But the 240-177 tally fell short of the margin that would be required to overcome a promised veto by President Barack Obama. The White House and its Democratic allies say the measure shortchanges renewable energy programs like solar power and is studded with anti-environmental “riders.”

The measure includes a big boost to modernize the U.S. nuclear arsenal and also contains money to keep the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste deposit in Nevada from being completely shuttered, a challenge to Senate powerhouse Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who’s been largely responsible for blocking the project in the past. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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