On October 14, the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed a $29.3 billion draft fiscal year 2012 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The bill set Environmental Protection Agency spending levels at $8.62 billion, 4 percent less than the $8.97 billion requested by the White House and $61 million less than the $8.68 billion appropriated for fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30. The bill includes $30 million for a diesel emissions program, funded at $49.9 million last year, despite the EPA not requesting any funds. This draft also appropriated $10.24 billion for the Interior Department ($287 million less than last year and $836 less than the requested $11.1 billion). These levels reflect the agreement reached by the House, Senate, and White House in July on spending levels. The House indefinitely postponed the debate on HR 2854, its version of the bill, which includes numerous policy riders aimed at stripping EPA of regulatory authority.