House Appropriations Committee Approves FY2015 Commerce-Justice-Science Spending Bill

Posted on: May 9th, 2014 by NADO Admin

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill by a voice vote.  The CJS bill funds all U.S. Department of Commerce programs, including the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).  The bill provides $247.5 million total for EDA (a $1 million increase from the FY2014 enacted level), with $210.5 million for economic development assistance programs and $37 million for salaries and expenses.  The bill includes $101 million for public works (an increase of $5 million over current funding) and a $2 million increase over current levels for planning grants.  These additional planning funds are designated for communities impacted by significant coal mining job losses to assist in the development or updating of their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS).  The House CJS bill includes $10 million within EDA’s budget for assistance to coal mining communities to focus on infrastructure investments, broadband development, repatriation, and export opportunities.  The next step is consideration of the FY2015 CJS bill by the full House which could occur the week of May 19.  Click here to view a EDA program funding table that compares the FY2015 proposed House funding with the President’s FY2015 budget request and previous year’s funding.

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