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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill

Updated -4/25/2012

Washington, Apr 18 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2013 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 $51.1 billion in funding. This is a reduction of $1.6 billion below last year’s level, and $731 million below the President’s request for these programs.

 “Given this time of fiscal crisis, it is important that Congress make tough decisions to cut spending where necessary to give priority to programs with broad national reach that have the most benefit to the American people. 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,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

 “From bolstering the trade of U.S. goods abroad to promoting science research that will spur innovation for years to come, this legislation will help strengthen our economy, increase competitiveness, and create an environment for American businesses to grow.  And, through funding of important law enforcement activities, this bill will help keep American citizens and communities safe, while at the same time protecting the rights of individual citizens to protect themselves,” Rogers continued.

 “This legislation builds on significant spending reductions achieved in last year’s bill, while continuing to preserve core priorities. Those priorities continue to be job creation, fighting crime and terrorism, with a greater focus on cyber-security; and boosting U.S. competitiveness through smart investments in science. This bill makes job creation a top priority by maintaining and expanding the manufacturing and job repatriation initiatives, while increasing resources for trade enforcement against foreign competitors who are violating trade agreements.  It also includes a significant focus on expanding the FBI’s cyber-security efforts and on protecting U.S. networks from foreign espionage and cyber-attacks,” CJS Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf said.

 Bill Highlights:

 Department of Commerce – The bill includes $7.7 billion for the Commerce Department – an increase of $96 million or 1.3% above fiscal year 2012, and $280 million or 3.5% below the President’s request. This includes funding for the following agencies:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $27 billion, an increase of $11 million above fiscal year 2012 and $44 million below the President’s request. This funding level will provide for the continuation of critical investigation and prosecution activities at DOJ to keep families and communities safe, while trimming spending in lower priority areas – such as a cut of $118 million in unnecessary overhead and administrative costs at the DOJ.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $17.6 billion in the bill, which is $226 million below fiscal year 2012 and $138 million below the President’s request. This funding includes:

National Science Foundation (NSF) – The legislation funds NSF at $7.3 billion, which is $299 million above fiscal year 2012 and $41 million below the President’s request. NSF’s entire increase is provided to core research and education activities, which are critical to innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness, including funding for an advanced manufacturing science initiative and for research in cyber-security and cyber-infrastructure.

Related agencies – The bill includes $51.3 million for the U.S. Trade Representative and $83 million for the International Trade Commission to negotiate and enforce international trade agreements and to investigate trade law violations.

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

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: /UploadedFiles/BILLS-112HR-SC-AP-FY13-CommerceJusticeScience.pdf

Updated 4/25/2012