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Fiscal Year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science Funding Bill Released

Bill targets funding to law enforcement and national security efforts, economic development, and fundamental research activities


Washington, May 17 -

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow. The bill funds the Departments of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.

The legislation contains $56 billion in total discretionary funding, an increase of $279 million over fiscal year 2016 and $1.4 billion above the President’s request for these programs. The bill targets these increases to programs of national importance, such as federal law enforcement, national security (including cybercrime and counter-terror activities), economic development, illegal drug efforts, trade enforcement, and space exploration programs. The bill also includes legislative provisions to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and to limit bureaucratic overreach.

“Keeping our people safe from both international threats and domestic crime, promoting critical research, and helping to improve our economy are the top funding priorities in this legislation. By investing precious tax dollars wisely, this bill will adequately fund these critical activities, while maintaining strong accountability, efficiency, and oversight. And, by limiting the overreach of the federal government, the bill will also protect and promote the fundamental rights of all Americans,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.

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

Bill Highlights:

Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds DOJ at $29 billion, an increase of $347 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. Within this funding, priority is given to critical activities that protect the safety, rights, and property of individuals and families across the nation. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $19.5 billion in the bill, $223 million above the 2016 enacted level and $1.2 billion above the President’s request. This funding includes:

Department of Commerce – The bill includes $9.1 billion for the Commerce Department, a reduction of $194 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $677 million below the President’s request for these programs. This includes funding for the following agencies:

Trade Enforcement - The bill includes $15 million for the Trade Enforcement Trust fund, which is the full amount authorized by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The bill also funds the International Trade Commission at $90 million, which is a $1.5 million increase above the enacted level, and increases Enforcement and Compliance at the International Trade Administration by $2 million above the request.

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-FY2017-CJS-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

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