Culberson’s Statement on Approval of CJS Appropriations Bill by House Appropriations Committee
Following the House Appropriations Committee approval of the fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) released the following statement.
“My subcommittee has worked within tight budget restraints to make sure that top priorities, like law enforcement and space exploration, are sufficiently funded. This bill ensures that our law enforcement agencies have the valuable resources needed to combat 21st century threats. The Drug Enforcement Administration receives a $98 million increase in funding to tackle the growing opioid addiction epidemic. Additionally, the FBI receives $8.8 billion, an increase of $48 million above FY17 enacted level, to aid in anti-human trafficking efforts and violent crime reduction programs.
“This legislation also includes a 52-year plan for NASA to restore the agency to the glory days of Apollo, including a strategy to explore Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, for life. I have provided NASA with the highest funding level in the agency’s history, and this legislation sets the foundation for NASA to follow this 52-year plan developed by science’s greatest minds.
“Scientific research plays a significant role in the everyday lives of American families, so the CJS bill provides robust funding for scientific agencies, including the National Science Foundation and NOAA, to complete research that will lead to cutting edge medical and scientific discoveries. This legislation does cut or eliminate duplicative and noncritical programs to efficiently save taxpayer dollars.”
The Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill provides $54 billion, $2.6 billion below FY17 enacted levels, in discretionary funding for the Departments of Justice and Commerce, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies.
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