Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, said Tuesday that he thinks the Bureau of Reclamation trimmed $14 million out of the funding request for the Bonneville Unit of the Central Utah Water Project out of "pique" at him and Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah.
The Bush administration asked Congress for $50 million for the Bonneville Unit.Congressional aides differed over whether the project should have had a $57 million or a $64 million funding request.
Owens said the cuts were made by the bureau before the requests went to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The bureau was unhappy, he said, because he and Garn drafted CUP reauthorization legislation that would take the project out of the bureau's hands and allowing the state to finish it. That bill failed to pass in 1990 but is due for hearings next month.
Owens said the bureau cut $7 million out of Bonneville construction funding and $7 million out of mitigation, fish and wildlife funds.
Garn told reporters he hopes to get some of the money restored by Congress but noted that last year's budget agreement "changed the rules" so that all additions to appropriations bills must have offsetting cuts elsewhere.