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Senate Committee Approves Another FY2010 Spending Measure; Provisions on Violence Against Women Included

On June 25, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved, 30-0, the FY2010 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies spending bill (as-yet-unnumbered); the subcommittee approved the bill on June 25. The House approved its version of the spending measure on June 18 (see The Source, 6/18/09). 

According to a committee press release, the bill would provide $64.9 billion in FY2010, $7.2 billion more than FY2009 (excluding funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, P.L. 111-5) and $200 million above the administration’s request.

The bill would provide $27.38 billion for the Department of Justice, $1.29 billion more than FY2009 and $311 million over President Obama’s request. State and local law enforcement programs would receive $3.16 billion, $63 million below FY2009 and $412 million above the administration’s request. Within the funds provided for state and local law enforcement, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants program would receive $510 million, $36 million less than FY2009 and $9 million below the administration’s request; violence against women-related programs would receive $435 million, $20 million over FY2009 and $19 million more than President Obama’s request; and programs to “prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes against children” would receive $265 million.

The National Science Foundation would receive $6.9 billion, $426 million over FY2009 and $1.047 billion above the administration’s request.

As requested by the administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission would be funded at $367 million, $23.4 million above FY2009. 

The Legal Services Corporation would receive $400 million, a $10 million increase over FY2009 and $35 million less than President Obama’s request. 

More information will be available when the committee report accompanying the bill is printed.

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