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May 09
​House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) spending bill by voice vote. The measure would provide $51.2 billion in total discretionary funding; a $398 million reduction below the FY 2014 enacted level.  To view the full Committee bill, click here.  

Department of Justice (DOJ): The CJS appropriations bill would provide $27.8 billion in funding for DOJ programs in FY 2015. Some justice assistance grant programs were cut, but not deeply. Counties use ustice assistance grants to safely lower jail populations, fight recidivism and combat drug trafficking while providing prevention, treatment and alternatives to incarceration.

Notable highlights include: 

  • Byrne JAG: $376 million, or $354 million after carve-outs (increase of $10 million after carve-outs)
  • State Criminal Alien Criminal Assistance Program (SCAAP): $210 million ($30 million increase from FY 2014)
  • Second Chance Act: $63 million ($5 million decrease from FY 2014)
  • Justice Reinvestment Initiative: $30 million ($2 million increase from FY 2014)
  • Mentally Ill Offender Treatment Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA): $9 million ($1 million increase from FY 2014)
  • JJDPA Title II formula grants: $45 million ($10 million decrease from FY 2014)
  • Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG): $0 (same as FY 2014, but decrease from $24 million in FY 2013)
  • OJJDP Title V grants: $0 ($15 million decrease from FY 2014)
  • OJJDP Part G Juvenile Mentoring grants: $90 million ($ 1 million increase from FY 2014)
  • Sexual Assault Kit Backlog: $36 million (this is a new program, funded for the first time)
  • Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT): $12 million ($2 million increase from FY 2014)
  • Drug courts: $41 million (same level funded in FY 2014)
  • Veterans Treatment Court: $5 million ($1 million increase from FY 2014)
  • Anti-Methamphetamine Program: $10 million ($2 million increase from FY 2014)
  • COPS Hiring: $70 million ($110 million decrease from  FY 2014)
  • Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: $75 million (level funding with FY 2014 for the second year of this new research and grant program) 

Amendments of interest to counties that were approved during the full committee include:

  • Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) introduced an amendment that would increase funding for the Missing and Exploited Children Program by $1 million, for the purpose of hiring wounded warriors to assist with these cases. The amendment was adopted by voice vote.
  • Rep. Herrera-Beutler (R-Wash.) introduced an amendment that would increase funding for Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery by $15 million. The amendment is offset by reductions in Periodic Census and National Science Foundation research funding. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.
  • Rep.  John Carter (R-Texas) introduced an amendment that prohibits funding for an unauthorized reporting and registration requirement – proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – on the sale of multiple rifles to the same person in various border-states. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-18.

Economic Development Administration (EDA): The CJS appropriations bill would provide $247.5 million in funding for the EDA, a slight increase above the 246.5 million FY 2014 enacted level. EDA programs, which focus on private sector job creation, are important to counties because they are designed to help communities create high quality jobs and achieve long term economic growth. 

The breakdown of funding for EDA programs is as follows:

  • EDA grants: $210.5 million for EDA grants ($1 million increase  over  FY 2014)
  • Planning Grants: $31 million ($2 million increase over FY 2014)
  • Public Works: $101 million ( $5 million increase over FY 2014)
  • Economic Adjustment grants: $40 million (decrease of $2 million from FY 2014)
  • Technical Assistance: $12 million ($1 million increase over FY 2014)
  • Research & Evaluation: $1.5 million  (same as FY 2014)
  • Trade Adjustment Assistance: $10 million (decrease of $5 million from FY 2014)
  • Innovative Manufacturing Loans: $5 million (same as FY 2014)
  • Regional Innovation Strategies: $0 (decrease of $10 million from FY 2014)
  • Assistance to Coal Mining Communities: $10 million ($7 million increase above FY 2014)
  • Salaries and Expenses: $37 million for salary and expenses ($1 million decrease from FY 2014) 

NACo will continue to advocate for and monitor county priorities as the FY 2015 appropriations process continues.

Contact: Daria Daniel (EDA) at ddaniel@naco.org or 202.942.4212; Contact Landis Rush (DOJ) at arush@naco.org or 202.942.4236​

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