On April 18, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies examined the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget request for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The budget prioritized endangered species protection and energy development as the top issues; the agency saw a $9.5 million increase from 2012 levels for species protection and a $7.4 million increase for renewable energy initiatives. The budget also proposed an increase of $1 million for biological carbon sequestration research; Subcommittee Chairman Mike Simpson (R-ID) said that that there should be better coordination between government agencies on research.