Appropriations Subcommittee Approves Fiscal Year 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science Funding Bill
WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies today approved by voice vote its fiscal year 2020 bill. The legislation contains $73.895 billion in discretionary budget authority, an increase of $9.78 billion above the fiscal year 2019 level. The bill next heads to the full Committee for markup.
“This year’s CJS funding bill rejects the inadequate and damaging proposals in the Trump Administration’s budget requests, and instead provides needed increases to the key programs in this bill,” said House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Chair José E. Serrano. “We include robust funding to address climate change and support scientific research. We include strong funding for the 2020 Census, which this Administration has jeopardized in an unprecedented way. We invest in agencies and programs to address gun violence, and to promote criminal justice reform. This bill will create jobs, drive innovation, and address pressing public safety issues. This bill invests in our future, and shows how Democrats are addressing the challenges facing our nation.”
“The investments in this bill would promote economic development, facilitate climate change research and mitigation, reduce gun violence, and promote criminal justice reform,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “The bill provides a robust increase for the National Science Foundation. It invests in NOAA climate research activities and coastal resiliency to ensure the public and our shorelines are better protected when disaster strikes. It supports law enforcement and public safety and prioritizes civil rights. And it provides critical funding for the 2020 Census, enabling a fair and accurate count so that everyone gets their fair share of political representation and Federal spending. This bill invests in a future that supports science, improves safety, fulfills our constitutional duties, and promotes justice and fairness. I am pleased to see it moving forward.”