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Both the House and the Senate have acted on HR 1977, the FY 1996 Interior Department Appropriations Bill, which includes funding for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Because each chamber produced its own version of the bill, a conference committee of members must reconcile differences between the versions. When the conference committee has completed its work, the bill will be sent back to each chamber for a final vote.

In the House version, USGS received a total of $686.9 million. However the National Biological Survey funds comprised $112.9 million, leaving $574 million for the original USGS functions. The Senate approved the $577.5 million for USGS, without the Biological Survey.