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Commerce, Justice, Science Bill Clears Appropriations Subcommittee

On June 29, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies approved, by voice vote, the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered).

The measure would provide $54 billion in discretionary funding for FY2018. This amount is $2.6 billion below FY2017, but $4.8 billion over the president’s FY2018 budget request.

The Department of Justice would receive $29 billion in FY2018, $349 million over last year’s allocation. This amount includes $2.2 billion in funding for state and local law enforcement activities, including those within the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). OVW would receive $527 million in FY2018, $46 million over FY2017. The DNA Initiative Grants program would be level-funded at $125 million; grants to reduce the sexual assault testing kits backlog also would be level-funded at $45 million.

The Marshals Service would receive $2.8 billion, $88 million over FY2017. The Adam Walsh and Missing and Exploited Children grant programs would receive $20 million and $73 million, respectively. These programs include efforts to find, and protect children from, sexual predators.

The legislation would fully fund the $103 million authorized in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (P.L. 114-198) to address opioid abuse.

While President Trump’s budget request would begin to eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation, the subcommittee bill would allocate $300 million in FY2018. This amount is $85 million below FY2017.

Additional details will be made available once the committee releases its report.

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