House Appropriations Committee Approves FY12 CJS Appropriations Bill

Posted on: July 19th, 2011 by Jennifer Walsh

The FY2012 House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill would provide $258 million for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), $26 million below last year’s level ($284 million) and $67 million below the President’s request.  EDA was funded at $293 million in FY2010.  Accompanying the bill was a House Report from the subcommittee which includes an unprecedented number of very specific directives for EDA in FY2012.  In total, EDA must submit over seven wide-ranging reports to the committee addressing issues such as the GAO report on duplicative economic development programs, EDA’s use of ARRA and disaster funding, the comprehensive CEDS study, the effectiveness of the University Center programs and Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAAC), among others.  The Committee also requires that EDA develop better comprehensive reporting systems on its grant programs.  The Senate has not yet considered a CJS appropriations measure.

Specific funding levels for EDA programs in the FY2012 bill are as follows:

  • Public Works:  The bill would provide $123.28 million, the program received $133.28 million in FY2010
  • Planning:  The bill would provide level funding for the planning program at $31 million
  • Technical Assistance:  The bill would provide $9.8 million, level with FY2010 funding
  • Research and Evaluation:  The bill would provide $1.5 million, level with FY 010 funding
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance:  The bill would provide $15.8 million, level with FY2010 funding
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance:  The bill would provide $38.62 million, level with FY2010 funding
  • Salaries and Expenses:  The bill would provide $37.924 million, level with FY2011 funding
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