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June 06
​House Passes FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill

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:

  • State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance: $2.1 billion, which includes $426 million for Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution programs
  • Byrne JAG: $376 million; $358 million after carve-outs (same as the FY 2014 level)
  • State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP): $210 million ($30 million above the FY 2014 level) 
  • Justice Reinvestment Act: $30 million ($2 million above the FY 2014 level)
  • Youth Mentoring Grants: $90 million ($1.5 million above the FY 2014 level)
  • COPS Hiring: $180 million (same as the FY 2014 level) 
  • Drug Courts: $44 million ($3 million above the FY 2014 level)
  • Second Chance Act: $66 million ($2 million below the FY 2014 level) 
  • Mental 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 communitie​s 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 arush@naco.org  or 202.942.-4236 or Daria Daniel (EDA) at ddaniel@naco.org or 202.942.4212.

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