House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Advances FY2018 Spending Bill; Provides $176 Million for EDA

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by NADO Admin

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies approved their fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bill.  The bill provides $176 million for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a reduction of $100 million (or 36%) below the FY2017 level.  Within this amount, $140 million is allocated for Economic Development Assistance programs and $36 million is designated for salaries and expenses.  President Trump’s FY2018 budget request recommended the elimination of EDA.  The breakdown of programmatic funding levels within EDA’s allocation has not yet been released and is expected before the full House Appropriations Committee considers the bill.  A date for full committee mark-up has not yet been scheduled.

The bill was advanced in the absence of an overall budget agreement for FY2018 and amongst a great deal of uncertainty about how much each subcommittee has within its jurisdiction to spend.  During consideration of the bill, there was recognition from members of the subcommittee that EDA’s funding allocation was not sufficient and support exists for providing additional funds for the agency as the appropriations process moves forward.  NADO legislative staff will be working to increase EDA’s overall funding level and ensure that core program functions for Economic Development Districts (EDDs) are given highest priority.

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