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Senate Appropriations Committee Passes Commerce, Justice Spending Bill

On July 27, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 30-1, S. 1662, the FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies spending bill, as amended. The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies passed the bill on July 25; the House Appropriations Committee passed its version of the spending bill on July 13 (see The Source, 7/17/17).

According to the committee report, the measure would provide $53.4 billion in overall funding, $3.2 billion below FY2017 and $4.4 billion above the president’s FY2018 request.

The Department of Justice would be funded at $29.1 billion, $121 million above FY2017. This amount would include funding for the Adam Walsh Act to apprehend sex offenders who fail to register as fugitives and $48.34 million  the investigation and prosecution of cases involving the sexual exploitation of children. The Federal Bureau of Investigation would receive $87 million for the Innocent Images National Initiative, which investigates sexual predators on the Internet. The bill also would provide $170 million to address rape kit and DNA evidence backlogs.

The following chart details funding for programs important to women and their families.

Program/Agency

FY2017

President’s

FY2018 Request

House

Senate

Office on Violence Against Women

$481.5 million

$480 million

$527 million

$483.5 million

Grants to Combat Violence Against Women (STOP Grants)

$215 million

$215 million

$215 million

$215 million

Transitional Housing Assistance

$30 million

$30 million

$30 million

$31 million

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

$3 million

$5 million

$3.5 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

$35 million

$34 million

$35 million

$36 million

Violence on College Campuses

$20 million

$20 million

$20 million

$20 million

Civil Legal Assistance

$45 million

$45 million

$45 million

$45 million

Elder Abuse Grant Program

$5 million

$5 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

$2 million

$1 million

$1 million

Rape Survivor Child Custody Act

$1.5 million

$2.5 million

$1.5 million

$1.5 million

Office of Justice Programs

$1.691 billion

$1.224 billion

$1.48 billion

$1.624 billion

Victims of Trafficking

$45 million

$45 million

$45 million

$45 million

Prison Rape Prevention and Prosecution

$10.5 million

$15 million

$15 million

$15 million

National Sex Offender Public Website

$1 million

$1 million

$1 million

$1 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

$97 million

$117 million

$117 million

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam

$4 million

$4 million

$4 million

$ 4 million

                                   Related Agencies

 

Commission on Civil Rights

$9.2 million

$9.43 million

$9.183 million

$9.2 million

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

$364.5 million

$376.646 million

$363.807 million

$364.5 million

Legal Services Corporation

$385 million

$33 million

$300 million

$385 million

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