Rep Cmte Appropriations

Appropriations Committee Releases the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Bill

Bill targets funding to federal law enforcement, national security efforts, and space exploration

Washington, May 13 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2016 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.

The legislation contains $51.4 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $1.3 billion over fiscal year 2015 and $661 million below the President’s request for these programs. The bill prioritizes funding for law enforcement, national security, science, and space exploration programs.

“This legislation increases funds for some of the most important aspects of our government – federal law enforcement agencies and counterintelligence efforts that protect families and communities across the nation and bring those who break our laws to justice,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “It also maintains investments in important scientific research, economic innovation, and programs that will allow our nation to continue to lead in the global economy and put us on the fast track to increased job growth. It is a good bill, and I’m proud to support it.”

“This is a tough budget year, but this bill ensures our law enforcement officers have the resources they need to protect our lives and property," said CJS Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson. "It also makes important scientific research a top priority. Breakthroughs in these areas are vital to America’s future economic growth.”

Bill Highlights:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $27.5 billion, an increase of $852 million above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. This funding will strengthen critical investigation, law enforcement, and prosecution activities to protect the safety and well-being of communities across the country.

In addition, the bill creates a new, $50 million “Community Trust Initiative.” This will fund efforts to improve the safety of local communities and support police training and research, including: $15 million for body camera pilots and research, $30 million for justice reform and collaboration efforts, and $5 million for improved statistics collection.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $18.5 billion in the bill, $519 million above the 2015 enacted level. This funding includes:

Department of Commerce – The bill includes $8.2 billion for the Commerce Department, a reduction of $251 million below the fiscal year 2015 enacted level and $1.6 billion below the President’s request for these programs. This includes funding for the following agencies:

Savings – The bill makes reductions to several lower-priority programs for a savings of over $400 million compared to fiscal year 2015, and it rescinds $375 million in unused prior year funds.

Other Provisions – The bill includes several policy provisions, such as:

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: /UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2016-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf