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House Committee Proposes $56B Commerce, Justice, Science Budget for Fiscal 2017

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BudgetThe House Appropriations Committee has unveiled a bill that would provide $56B in discretionary funding for the departments of Commerce and Justice as well as federal science agencies for fiscal year 2017.

The committee said Tuesday its proposed Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies budget is $1.4 billion more than the amount President Obama requested for CJS programs and about $279 more than the enacted amount for 2016 fiscal year.

“Keeping our people safe from both international threats and domestic crime, promoting critical research, and helping to improve our economy are the top funding priorities in this legislation,” noted committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky).

The bill would give DOC a $9.1 billion budget during the next fiscal year, $194 million less than the agency’s fiscal 2016 budget.

DOJ would get $29 billion and NASA would receive $19.5 billion under the committee’s funding proposal.

Those amounts represent increases of $347 million and $223 million from the current spending levels Congress authorized for DOJ and NASA, respectively.

House appropriators also proposed allocating $15 million for the Trade Enforcement Trust fund and increasing budgets for the International Trade Commission and the International Trade Administration’s enforcement and compliance initiatives.

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