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CJS Spending Bill Approved by House Committee

On May 24, the House Appropriations Committee approved, by voice vote, the FY2017 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) and Related Agencies (as-yet-unnumbered) spending bill. The CJS Subcommittee approved the legislation on May 18 (see The Source, 5/20/16); the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the CJS spending bill on April 21 (see The Source, 4/22/16).

According to the committee report, the bill would provide $56.001 billion in discretionary funding for FY2017. This amount is $279 million over FY2016 and $1.375 billion over President Obama’s FY2017 budget request. It includes $29.437 billion for the Department of Justice, which is $347.65 million over FY2016 and $390.677 million below the administration’s request.

The following chart summarizes several programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency

FY2016

President’s FY2017 Request

House FY2017

Senate FY2017

Office on Violence Against Women $480 million $489 million $527.5 million $481.5 million
Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants) $215 million $200 million $215 million $215 million
Transitional Housing Assistance $30 million $30 million $30 million $30 million
Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women $5 million $3 million $5 million $3 million
Consolidated Youth-Oriented Program $11 million $11 million $11 million $11 million
Sexual Assault Victims Services $35 million $35 million $35 million $35 million
Rural Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Enforcement $34 million $34 million $34 million $35 million
Violence on College Campuses $20 million $26 million $20 million $20 million
Civil Legal Assistance $45 million $52.5 million $45 million $45 million
Elder Abuse Grant Program $5 million $6.25 million $5 million $5 million
Family Civil Justice $16 million $16 million $16 million $16 million
Education and Training for Disabled Female Victims $6 million $6 million $6 million $6 million
National Resource Center on Workplace Responses $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Indian Country-Sexual Assault Clearinghouse $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $500,000
Research on Violence Against Indian Women $1 million $1 million $1 million $1 million
Rape Survivor Child Custody Act $2.5 million $2.5 million $1.5 million
Office of Justice Programs $1.883 billion $1.676 billion $1.566 billion $1.663 billion
Victims of Trafficking $45 million $0 $45 million $47.649 million
Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution $10.5 million $10.5 million $12 million *
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) $9 million $9 million $9 million $9 million
DNA Initiative $125 million $105 million $125 million $125 million
Debbie Smith Backlog Grants $117 million Did not specify $117 million $117 million
Sexual Assault Forensic Exam $4 million Did not specify $4 million $4 million

Related Agencies

Commission on Civil Rights $9.2 million $9.43 million $9.2 million $9.2 million
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission $364.5 million $376.646 million $364.5 million $364.5 million
Legal Services Corporation $385 million $475 million $350 million $395 million

 

* The committee has included bill language providing a one-year exemption from the penalties required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act for the OVW’s STOP Grants.

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