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Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill


Washington, Jul 9 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2014 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) 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 $47.4 billion in total funding. This is $2.8 billion below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $350 million below the level caused by automatic sequestration budget cuts.

“This legislation targets taxpayer dollars to federal law enforcement and safety programs, ensuring that essential functions of the federal government – protecting the life, liberty, and property of our citizens – are maintained. In addition, the bill supports commerce and research programs to increase our nation’s competitiveness and help the economy continue to move forward,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “However, these are tight budget times, and in order to fund these critical programs, hard choices had to be made to reduce or eliminate funding in lower-priority areas.”

“This legislation builds on significant spending reductions achieved in last year’s bill, while continuing to preserve core priorities such as job creation, fighting crime, gangs and terrorism, bolstering cybersecurity, and boosting U.S. competitiveness through smart investments in science and space exploration," CJS Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf said. "The bill makes job creation a top priority by maintaining manufacturing and job repatriation initiatives, while focusing resources and oversight on trade enforcement against foreign competitors who are violating trade agreements. It also includes a significant focus on expanding the FBI’s cybersecurity efforts and on protecting U.S. networks from foreign espionage and cyber-attacks.”

Bill Highlights:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $26.3 billion, a decrease of $720 million (3%) below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $770 million above the current level caused by sequestration cuts. This funding will allow the continuation of critical investigation, law enforcement, and prosecution activities at DOJ to protect the safety and well-being of communities across the country, and to help ensure law-breakers are brought to justice.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $16.6 billion in the bill, a decrease of $928 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $1.1 billion below the President’s request. This funding includes:

Department of Commerce – The bill includes $7.5 billion for the Commerce Department – a decrease of $198 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $1 billion (12%) below the President’s request. This includes funding for the following agencies:

National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $7 billion, which is $259 million below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level and $631 million below the President’s request. This funding is targeted to programs that help bolster innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness, including funding for an advanced manufacturing science initiative and for research in cybersecurity and cyber-infrastructure.

Other Provisions – The bill continues several general provisions that have been included in previous years, such as:

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-113HR-SC-AP-FY2014-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

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