Senate Moves Bill Containing EDA Funding

Posted on: September 20th, 2011 by Deborah Cox

On September 15, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a draft fiscal 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) spending bill that would provide $52.7 billion in discretionary funds for the U.S. Department of Commerce (which includes the Economic Development Administration), the U.S. Department of Justice, NASA and other agencies.  That total is $626 million, or one percent, less than the funding level for fiscal 2011.

The Senate CJS appropriations measure would provide $257 million for EDA with an additional $135 million in disaster assistance grants.  Key highlights include the following:

Planning Grant Program:  The Senate bill provides level funding for the planning grant program ($31 million)

Public Works:  The Senate bill provides $91 million for public works, just $2 million above the FY2011 level and $42 million below the FY2010 level

Economic Adjustment Grants:  The Senate bill provides $48 million, $30 million below the FY2011 level and $10 million above the FY2010 level

Technical Assistance:  The bill provides $12 million for technical assistance, $1 million below the FY2011 level and approximately $2 million above the FY2010 level

 

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