Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY2014 Commerce, Justice, Science Spending Measure; Funds EDA at $276 Million

Posted on: July 19th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On July 18, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved by a vote of 21 to 9 its Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill for FY2014. The bill totals $52.2 billion in discretionary spending, an increase of $2 billion above the FY2013 enacted level. The Senate CJS appropriations measure is $4.8 billion higher than the House CJS appropriations measure for FY2014.

The Senate bill funds the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) at $276 million for FY2014, which is $56 million above the current FY2013 level. The bill requests $237 million for Economic Development Assistance Programs and $25 million for the Regional Innovation Program. The Committee expects this level of funding to allow EDA to help more than 250 communities plan regional strategies for long term economic growth. Click here to view NADO’s complete EDA funding account chart.

Additionally, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) voiced strong support for EDA grant programs during the full committee markup of the bill. The CJS Appropriations Bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration. The exact date of floor consideration has not yet been determined.

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