On May 30, the House of Representatives approved its FY 2015 Commerce, Justice
and Science (CJS) Appropriations bill in a bipartisan vote of 321-87. The measure
includes $51.2 billion in total discretionary funding, a reduction of $398
million below the FY 2014 enacted level.
Department of Justice (DOJ) Highlights
The CJS Appropriations bill would provide $27.8 billion in funding for DOJ
programs in FY 2015, an increase of $384 million over FY 2014 enacted levels
and $137 above the President’s budget request.
The measure’s FY 2015 funding levels for DOJ programs
important to counties are as follows:
and Local Law Enforcement Assistance: $2.1 billion, which includes
$426 million for Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution
JAG: $376 million; $358 million after carve-outs (same as the FY 2014
Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP): $210 million ($30
million above the FY 2014 level)
Reinvestment Act: $30 million ($2 million above the FY 2014 level)
Mentoring Grants: $90 million ($1.5 million above the FY 2014 level)
Hiring: $180 million (same as the FY 2014 level)
Courts: $44 million ($3 million above the FY 2014 level)
Chance Act: $66 million ($2 million below the FY 2014 level)
Health Courts: $9 million ($1 million above the FY 2014 level)
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
The CJS Appropriations bill would include $247.5 million in funding for
EDA programs, similar to the FY 2014 enacted level. It includes $210.5 million
for EDA grants, of which $5 million would be used to help relocate businesses
and jobs back to the U.S. from overseas. The bill also includes $37
million for salaries and expenses.
In a victory for counties, the House defeated an amendment
by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to eliminate funding for EDA. The amendment
failed in a 280 to 129 vote. EDA, which focuses on private sector job
creation, is important to counties because its funding supports investments that
serve as a catalyst for communities to create high quality jobs and achieve
long term economic growth.
NACo will continue to advocate for and monitor county
priorities as the FY 2015 appropriations process continues.
Contact: Landis Rush (DOJ) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.942.-4236 or Daria Daniel (EDA) at email@example.com or 202.942.4212.