Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), issued the following statement on the approval of the FY13 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill in full committee today. The Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Subcommittee funds several federal departments including the Department of Commerce (DOC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), NASA and other agencies.
"The path to restoring fiscal discipline is not through a single step, in a single year but through a series of cuts in spending bills where our actions match our words," said Aderholt. "The Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations legislation for FY13 contains $51.1 billion in funding, a $1.6 billion cut from FY12 and $731 million below the President's budget request. This year's CJS bill builds on $600 million in spending cuts achieved last year, while continuing to preserve funding for some of the most critical aspects of government."
"I am thankful the Committee heeded my request to continue funding the Methamphetamine Clean-Up Program. This year's appropriation includes $12.5 million for the program, which is vital in helping to fight the devastating methamphetamine epidemic that has hit Alabama, especially in rural communities. The CJS bill also includes $1.85 billion in grant programs, including $370 million in funding for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants that provide critical assistance to local and state law enforcement agencies," Aderholt continued.
"The bill includes my request for funding for the SLS 130-ton rocket, at a level of $1.45 billion. These funds are set aside by bill language for rocket development only, including upper stage work. This will keep the United States on pace as the world leader in space exploration and technical development. I am also pleased Chairman Wolf included my request for more research on the weather conditions that create tornadoes in the south. My hope is this research will help us better prepare for severe weather and avoid another year of devastating storms like we experienced in 2011."
"I am however disappointed to see the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will receive $38 million less than the previous year. The EDA promotes need-based regional development assistance that is vital to America's rural communities," concluded Aderholt.
To view the FY13 Commerce, Justice and Science legislation visit http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-112HR-SC-AP-FY13-CommerceJusticeScience.pdf
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.
For more information about Aderholt's work in Congress visit www.aderholt.house.gov.