Appropriations Subcommittee Approves CJS Appropriations Bill

Posted on: July 12th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

On July 7, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2012 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill which funds the Department of Commerce (including the Economic Development Administration), the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.  The bill is scheduled to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee on July 13.  A corresponding committee report, which typically contains specific programmatic funding levels and directives for the agencies, is expected to be released next week.

In total, the legislation contains $50.2 billion in funding. This is a reduction of $3.1 billion or 6 percent below last year’s level, and $7.4 billion or 13 percent below the President’s request for these programs. This total is also 3 percent below the pre-stimulus, pre-bailout level of 2008.  Several highlights of the bill include:

Department of Commerce:  The bill contains $7.1 billion for the Commerce Department, a reduction of $464 million or 6 percent below FY2011, and $1.7 billion or 19 percent below the President’s request. This includes funding for the following agencies:

  • Economic Development Administration (EDA):  The bill includes $258 million in funding for the EDA, $26 million below FY2011 levels and $67 million below the President’s request.  This includes $5 million in grant funding to attract U.S. jobs that have gone to other countries back into the U.S., and $5 million in loan guarantees to help advance innovative manufacturing technologies.
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):  NIST is funded at $701 million in the bill, which is $49 million below FY2011 levels and $300 million below the President’s request.  Within this total, core research activities to help advance U.S. competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth are increased by $10 million above FY2011 levels.  In addition, funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program, which provides training and technical assistance to U.S. manufacturers, is maintained at last year’s level of $128 million.
  • Grant Programs: The bill includes a total of $1.7 billion for various grant programs, which is $1.1 billion below last year’s level and $1.3 billion below the President’s request.  Within the total, Violence Against Women programs and Missing and Exploited Children programs are funded at last year’s levels. Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are funded at $357 million, a decrease of $73 million below FY2011 levels.
  • National Science Foundation (NSF):  The legislation funds NSF at $6.9 billion, the same as last year’s level and $907 million below the President’s request.  Within this funding, NSF’s core research is increased by $43 million to enhance basic research that is critical to innovation and U.S. economic competitiveness.
  • Department of Justice (DOJ):  The bill funds DOJ at $26 billion, a decrease of $1 billion below the FY2011 level and $2.4 billion below the President’s request.

For the subcommittee draft text of the legislation, please visit: (http://appropriations NULL.pdf).

For a summary table comparing the bill with last year’s level and the President’s request, please visit: (http://appropriations NULL.pdf).


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