On April 18, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voiced their support for more funding to research fossil fuel energy and natural gas technologies at a hearing examining the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget for the Department of Energy. Sen. Wyden cited the natural gas boom as a reason why the Department needs to better examine hydraulic fracturing practices and technology. The president’s proposed budget cuts funding for the Fossil Energy Research and Development Program by $95 million, or 18 percent, from 2012 levels. At the hearing, Sen. Wyden and Sen. Murkowski also advocated for more hydropower funding; the budget cut the water power program by 5 percent from 2012 levels.