House Approves Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill; No Amendments Offered to Cut EDA Funding

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by NADO Admin

This week, the House approved by a vote of 242 to 183 the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations bill.  The bill funds the U.S. Economic Development Administration at $250 million, level with the FY2015 appropriation.  The bill includes level funding for EDA’s economic development assistance programs at $213 million.  Click here for a breakdown of funding allocated for planning grants, economic adjustment assistance, public works, and other economic development assistance programs.

The House bill includes $15 million for the administration’s new POWER+ Plan to assist communities across the country impacted by contractions in the coal industry and power sector.  Language is included directing EDA to use funds provided to assist communities that have yet to develop economic development strategies and help communities that do have strategies in place to fund authorized economic development projects.

Unlike past years, no amendment was offered to the bill on the House floor targeting EDA for elimination.  It is not clear when the Senate Appropriations Committee may begin consideration of their FY2016 CJS funding bill.

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