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Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations

Updated 07/07/11


Washington, Jul 6 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The bill funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

In total, the legislation contains $50.2 billion in funding. This is a reduction of $3.1 billion or 6% below last year’s level, and $7.4 billion or 13% below the President’s request for these programs. This total is also 3% below the pre-stimulus, pre-bailout level of 2008.

“This legislation includes funding for some of the most critical aspects of government – the protection of our people here at home, the competiveness of our businesses and industries, and the scientific research that will help America continue to lead the world in innovation. However, given this time of fiscal crisis, it is also important that Congress make tough decisions to cut programs where necessary to give priority to programs with broad national reach that have the most benefit to the American people,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

“I believe the subcommittee mark achieves significant spending reduction goals while at the same time preserving core priorities. Within a tight allocation, we have focused resources on the most critical areas – fighting crime and terrorism; and boosting U.S. competitiveness through investments in science. Despite the difficult choices that were made, this legislation includes a number of positive initiatives to create jobs by promoting economic growth and innovation here at home,” Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf said.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/CJSFY12_SUBC_xml.pdf

For a summary table comparing the bill with last year’s level and the President’s request, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/FY_2012_CJS_Summary_Table.pdf

Bill Highlights:

Department of Commerce – The bill contains $7.1 billion for the Commerce Department – a reduction of $464 million or 6% below last year’s level, and $1.7 billion or 19% below the President’s request. This includes funding for the following agencies:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $26 billion, a decrease of $1 billion below last year’s level and $2.4 billion below the President’s request. This funding level will provide for the continuation of critical legal and security activities at DOJ, while trimming spending in lower priority and non-essential areas. For example, administrative activities at DOJ are funded at $72 million – a cut of $46 million below last year and $62 million below the President’s request.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $16.8 billion in the bill, which is $1.6 billion below last year’s level and $1.9 billion below the President’s request. This funding includes:

National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $6.9 billion, the same as last year’s level and $907 million below the President’s request. Within this funding, NSF’s core research is increased by $43 million to enhance basic research that is critical to innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness.

Other Provisions – The bill includes several general provisions, including: