The Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 30-0, a defense appropriations bill August 2 that contains $70 million in funding for the Navy’s portion of an interagency program with the Navy and departments of agriculture and energy o invest $510 million over several years to encourage commercial-scale biofuel production. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) authored a successful amendment to the measure that would block funds for the Navy portion of the program, but biofuels supporters led by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mark Udall (D-CO) have vowed to strip that language when the authorization bill comes to the floor.