Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) today issued the following statement on the approval of the FY12 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill in full committee today. The Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee funds several federal departments including the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), NASA and other agencies.
"At a time when fiscal discipline is of the utmost importance, I believe that the overall reductions, strategic increases and the sunset of duplicative and unnecessary programs included in this year's Commerce, Justice and Science bill show the restraints necessary in these budgetary times," said Aderholt. "Targeted increases were made to federal, state and local law enforcement on the frontlines that protect us from criminals and terrorists at home and abroad. These funds are critical to reducing drug trafficking and gang activity that remain high among many southern states like Alabama."
"I am thankful the Committee heeded my request to increase funding to the Methamphetamine Clean-Up Program. This year's appropriation includes $15 million for the program, which is vital to helping to fighting the devastating methamphetamine epidemic that's hit many of Alabama's rural communities. The CJS bill also includes $133 million in funds to help DNA backlog reduction efforts at the federal, state and local level. As well as, $25 billion for regional information sharing activities and $10 million for the enforcement of the Prison Rape Elimination Act," Aderholt continued.
"The bill includes my request of $1.985 billion for the SLS 130-ton rocket. These funds are crucial for us to get back on pace for heavy-lift rocket development and to secure America's rightful place as the leader in space exploration and technical development. The Committee report also reconfirms NASA's obligation to perform simultaneous work on the core stage and the upper stage of the rocket. Also included is language on NASA's plans to utilize the Marshall Space Flight Center's Propulsion Research Laboratory located in North Alabama. It's a unique asset for the country and I'll continue to press NASA to ensure it is fully utilized."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.