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House Passes Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science Bill

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

Washington, June 3, 2015

The U.S. House today approved the fiscal year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill (H.R. 2578) on a vote of 242-183. 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.

"The legislation targets funding to programs that are vital to our economic development and national security, and that will help America remain the global leader in science research and innovation that helps to create jobs both now and in the future," Chairman Hal Rogers said. “And, it makes these investments in a very responsible way – eliminating unnecessary or unneeded programs, and reducing funding for other, lower-priority agencies. This sort of smart budgeting will help improve the way our government operates and show that we can live within our means, and I applaud the passage of this bill today."

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