The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the fiscal year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill (H.R. 5326), which funds the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other related agencies for the next fiscal year.
In total, the legislation contains $51.1 billion in funding for these agencies, which is $1.6 billion below last year's levels and $731 million below the President's request for these programs.
"This legislation funds important programs at adequate, responsible levels while cutting spending. Not all of these decisions were easy to make, and I am proud of the work that my Committee has done to ensure efficiency and sustainability in these federal budgets," House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said.
"We have worked hard to determine the best use of limited tax dollars that we must spread out over a great number of vital federal programs, services and agencies. As a result, the bill passed today funds federal programs that will help protect our people from threats at home, abroad, and in cyber-space; maintain the competitiveness of American industry and businesses; and encourage scientific research that will keep America at the forefront of the world in innovation," Rogers continued.
"The bill passed today reflects a delicate balancing of needs and requirements. We have focused limited resources on the most critical areas: fighting crime and terrorism -- including a new focus of preventing and investigating cyberattacks -- and boosting U.S. competitiveness and job creation by investing in science, export promotion, and manufacturing programs. I'm proud that since the beginning of the 112th Congress, my subcommittee has cut $13.2 billion, reducing the total amount of the CJS bill by over 20 percent over the three fiscal years," CJS Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf said.
The fiscal year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was approved by the House on a 247-163 vote.